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Quebec report overlooks Indigenous women’s safety, advocates say – CBC

‘It’s like the commission overshadowed what was the heart of its mandate’

Oct 01, 2019

A new report that found Indigenous people face systemic discrimination in public services in Quebec doesn’t do enough to address the allegations of police abuse that led to the commission in the first place, an advocate says.

“What is not in the report is a great concern to us,” said Edith Cloutier, the executive director of Val-d’Or’s Native Friendship Centre, who has worked with the women who came forward with allegations of abuse in 2015.

“There is no clear recommendation around the Sûreté du Québec in the harm done to Indigenous people.”

The report, made public Monday by retired Superior Court justice Jacques Viens, details some of the ways in which “institutional practices, standards, laws and policies remain a source of discrimination and inequality” for First Nations and Inuit across Quebec.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/viens-commission-quebec-indigenous-1.5304757