Reaction to Bill 32

  • September 15, 2023

On September 13, 2023, the Protecteur du citoyen sent a letter to the Committee on Institutions commenting on Bill 32 – Act to establish the cultural safety approach within the health and social services network. One of the aims of the Bill is to provide responses to some of the Viens Commission’s calls for action, which the Protecteur du citoyen is monitoring.

The Protecteur du citoyen endorses any effort to improve relations with First Nations and Inuit. The Bill is in line with this and the Protecteur du citoyen welcomes it.

However, the letter urges the authorities to systematically use a co-construction approach with First Nations and Inuit representatives in drafting legislation likely to affect them. The Bill does not do this.

The Protecteur du citoyen made five recommendations to be implemented in close collaboration with First Nations and Inuit organizations. They are aimed at:

The Protecteur du citoyen’s letter concerning Bill 32 (PDF, 189 KiB, in French only)