Today, Québec Ombudsman Marc-André Dowd releases his first follow-up report on the 142 calls for action of the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress (Viens Commission).
After extensive work in concert with First Nations and Inuit representatives and several government departments and agencies, the Québec Ombudsman has concluded that government authorities have made efforts to improve First Nations and Inuit relations with public services. However, many priorities remain unresolved.
"I’m aware of the magnitude of the changes required. It stands to reason that some of them will take longer than others depending on the extent of the issues. However, I see that initiatives are piecemeal and that no progress has been made on urgent reforms. For example, even though Indigenous children continue to be over-represented within the youth protection system, we’re a far cry from seeing the corrective action needed," says Marc-André Dowd.