Call to Action # 30: Actions and Commitments

QC


March 5, 2021


Govt. Actions to Reduce Overrepresentation

Investments Interpreter and other services in Indigenous languages

As part of the government’s response to the Viens Commission, the MMIWG Inquiry and the Report on Racism, $5.5M funding for the improvement and deployment of interpreter services in Indigenous languages

  • Development of agreements with Indigenous organizations for the training, accreditation and hiring of interpreters in Indigenous languages in the context of justice-related activities.

In response to the Viens Commission, the MMIWG Inquiry and ZERO TOLERANCE, the government of Québec announced an investment of $19.2M in the following areas:

  • Hiring additional Indigenous workers responsible for providing crime victims assistance services ($7.7 million):
    • These workers will be deployed in the CAVAC network and in Indigenous organizations that have established victim assistance services, or that wish to do so.
  • An increased deployment of courtworker services for Indigenous people ($6 million):
    • Adjustment of the compensation for courtworkers already employed ($1 million);
    • Increased funding for the operation of Indigenous organizations responsible for providing courtworker services ($2.5 million);
    • Hiring of new courtworkers from within the community for First Nations and Inuit ($2.5 million);
  • Improvement and deployment of interpreter services in Indigenous languages ($5.5  million):
    • Development of agreements with Indigenous organizations for the training, accreditation and hiring of interpreters in Indigenous languages in the context of justice-related activities.

June 7, 2021


Govt. Actions to Reduce Overrepresentation

Viens Commission response: investments in Aboriginal and urban community justice programs

Announced measures to support justice in Aboriginal and urban communities. In response to the Viens Commission’s recommendations, the Québec government wishes to further develop Aboriginal community justice and combat the over-representation of this population in the justice system. The investment covers:

  • the establishment of new urban community justice initiatives to satisfy the needs of the First Nations and the Inuit ($4.0 million);
  • support for new initiatives and strengthening of existing community justice initiatives in First Nations and Inuit communities (justice committee) ($7.2 million);
  • enhancement of the remuneration of Gladue writers under contract, the availability of “Gladue letters,” and support to hire additional Gladue writers in Aboriginal organizations ($2.9 million).