ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK: CHILD WELFARE SERVICES FOR INDIGENOUS CLIENTELE LIVING IN MONTREAL”
The 17 recommendations align specifically with 22 of the 29 recommendations specific for youth from the Viens Commission.
Recommendations for Education of Non-Indigenous Staff, Leaders and Decision-Makers (3 recommendations align with 8 Viens Commission recommendations)
Recommendations fo Representation (7 align with 4 Viens Commission recommendations)
Recommendations on Policy Level Changes (7 align with 10 Viens Commission recommendations)
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THE CIUSSS-ODIM:
- To meet with the research team in early 2020 to provide guidance, and we expect a progress report annually from the CIUSSS detailing which recommendations have been addressed and how.
The first progress report by December 15, 2020.
- Support as needed when we reach out to Premier François Legault and the Laurent Commission regarding changes that need to be made at the provincial level, similar to Ontario’s Indigenous Children and Youth Strategy.
- Support as we continue to make our demands to various organizations and provincial bodies by co-signing our letters/documents, advocating at our side, making any necessary meetings/phone calls that will move these changes forward, for example, to the PIJ system so that we have a more efficient and effective way of collecting information on the identity of Indigenous children and families.