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NEWS: Nunavik July 05, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Quebec’s inquiry into Indigenous peoples and public services to visit Nunavik

Viens commission staff will be in three communities this month

Lucy Grey, in red, the Inuit liaison with the Viens Commission, is pictured with other commission staff during a visit to Umiujaq in June. (PHOTO COURTESY OF L. KULULA/CERP)
Lucy Grey, in red, the Inuit liaison with the Viens Commission, is pictured with other commission staff during a visit to Umiujaq in June. (PHOTO COURTESY OF L. KULULA/CERP)

Quebec’s Viens commission is visiting three Nunavik communities this month to reach out to residents who may still want to take part in the public inquiry.

The commission looking at how Quebec’s Indigenous peoples are treated by some of the province’s public services is expected to wrap up this fall.

Before then, commission staff will be stopping in these communities:

• Kangiqsualujjuaq on July 4-6 for information sessions

• Kuujjuaq on July 8-13 for public presentations

• Puvirnituq on July 23-27 for information sessions

During the sessions, residents can arrange to speak with commission staff to ask questions about the inquiry process and how to take part.

Investigative agents will be on hand if people want to open a file and share their experiences related to one of the six public services covered by the inquiry’s mandate: health, social, justice, correctional, youth protection and policing services.

The commission visited Inukjuak, Umiujaq and Akulivik in June with its Inuit liaison, Lucy Grey. The commission said it plans to return to Nunavik again in August.

The commission is accepting registration to give testimony to the commission until September 5.

At that point, its lead commissioner, retired justice Jacques Viens, will prepare a report listing recommendations for the government to improve the delivery of those services as they affect Indigenous Quebecers.

As the commission nears the end of its mandate, its staff has now visited 10 of the province’s 11 Indigenous nations.

Nunavimmiut can contact the inquiry by phone at 1-844-580-0113 or by email at Residents can also reach out in Inuktitut to the commission’s Inuit liaison at

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(15) Comments:

#1. Posted by angiyou on July 06, 2018

I want an enquiries for my sister.Gone but not forgotten.

#2. Posted by Nunavik member on July 06, 2018

Bravo! yay, we are anxious to meet them, as I have files opened on my behalf, also my common-law spouse <3

#3. Posted by Thanks for the pic on July 06, 2018

I have no confidence in this. I’m seeing the problem manifested in the photo. Many have no idea of what I’m talking about, but many other do. This is ridiculous to say the least. When will we get, a fully qualified inquiry without the interference of the problem, stopping the solution. Totally ridiculous. Blind leads the blind. No good.

#4. Posted by Aanniasiurtialuit on July 09, 2018

Some nurses are big bullies!! And their interpreters!!  They have total control of individual ‘s lives and pretend to have innocent, caring service and get away with crap. Those who don’t have respect for others shouldn’t be allowed at frontline services.  Karma to them!!

#5. Posted by What’s with nurses? on July 09, 2018

Question to commentor #4. What have this got to do with nurses and interpreters? Maybe some people need more information on this inquiry.

#6. Posted by Wait a minute on July 09, 2018

Wait a minute. Why not an inquiry on all the abuse faced by professionals in Nunavik communities? Day in day out, our doctors, nurses, social workers, police and other good caring people, are faced with increasing and incredibly difficult situations,  tolerating verbal and physical abuse. Why not investigate that kind of abuse? The pay in Nunavik dont not come close to covering the terrible work conditions of the first line and caring professions. Nunavik is more than lucky to have individuals who are willing to put up with these abuses, but it’s totally unacceptable. That needs to be talked about , and addressed as well.

#7. Posted by Problem services on July 10, 2018

Like most things in the north, services from the government is a one way street. It’s all give and no appreciation. There’s needs to be an incentive coming from the receivers. When you don’t put anything into it, and just receive it becomes meaningless. Human beings are only fulfilled when they see the fruits of their labor. Having your fruit given to you, without your own effort makes life meaningless. We see that same effortless scenario in local northern businesses as well. No incentive to be of quality due to the funds that are available to give a fake boost, no effort needed. Take a local auto garage that cares less in providing quality services and keeping customers happy. The garage doesn’t need to when it’s funds are indirectly from the government , rather than profits from satisfactory work.

#8. Posted by Nunavik member on July 10, 2018

I have great confidence of what they are investigating how indigenous are treated different, comparison over all being treated differently.

One victim, almost elder adult was experiencing his life term trauma PSTS (Post traumatic syndrome) from being stabbed by a Frenchman in Quebec, and never received support, this is ongoing racial situation amongst indigenous people like me, nothing worked for this gentleman, tried to receive treatment, but, his flashbacks are haunting him life term.

I believe, this is the right tract, to file a complaint, this needs to stop completely, racial acts, bullying, psychologically harassment, threatening, impersonating, manipulating and so on! how would you feel being treated differently?! we are all in one human living, imagine of your own child being treated racially, bullied etc.

#9. Posted by northern treatment on July 10, 2018

I’m not so sure who are the victims here. Surely Inuit had lots of prejudice from outside, but for those people from outside the region, and working in the north, there’s lots of prejudices being experienced. Many people have to walk on egg shells so to speak, tolerating ignorance and racial slurs. Not all non inuit are bringing negativity to the north, but all are tarre with the same brush. Just like not all inuit are neglecting children from their intoxicated states. Not only can a person be traumatized by being stabbed by French, many inuit and non inuit are also traumatized by violence in Nunavik.

#10. Posted by Nunavik member on July 10, 2018

Watch out, there are a lot victims! you don’t need to ask who they are.

We all know, not all people are like that, but a quite a number of people intented to be racist!, even some Inuit, and again, not all Inuit, it’s like that everywhere, some are so evil minded, but this gotta stop!

#11. Posted by is no good at all on July 10, 2018

I’m a victim! I agree with #10, its about time someone is doing something about us, it hurts so much, try to imagine if you were a victim of being stabbed before, my head was stabbed twice in Quebec! I was called names, a savage.

How would you feel?!
If you were called a savage!
I was compared to Indian.

Imagine if your child was beaten, stabbed, called names, you sure would sue the person, and we cannot sue, because we have no money to pay the lawyers

#12. Posted by Not a Chance on July 10, 2018

To the person above who says there is no appreciation for the services: I am a Southern worker and frankly the services we offer are problematic. Not one of us would accept this reality if we were patients.

I think there is legitimacy to the complaints and I am eager to see the recommendations. That is not to say that the workers are bad. Many of us are trying our best under difficult circumstances. The recommendations can only improve our work conditions alongside the quality of what we deliver.

#13. Posted by Problematic services on July 11, 2018

The reason behind problematic services is people who don’t take their work seriously. It’s only with dedication to the task at hand will anything get done. Too many southerners are having lots to say and do with Inuit life, but not aware of what’s really going on. Have anyone really thought about leaving inuit alone, and let inuit breath and live, without imposing a continuous babysitting service in the first place. Yes, there’s lots of unfairness in services to inuit. But it’s the service itself that needs to be evaluated, too much of it. Inuit don’t need a wasted money driven service that offers nothing. Let’s stop making life in Nunavik, all about oppression, recovery, complaining. Allow inuit to live, and to inuit: start living, not just existing. Stop listening to people that don’t have your interest at heart.

#14. Posted by Life in recovery on July 11, 2018

To be born, to live and to die in Nunavik, is to be in a total state of recovery. From birth to death, in Nunavik it’s all about recovery. People live that, and die without really having lived. People die not recovered from what they were born to recover from. I’m not sure if people really know what they’re trying to recover from. The biggest news is about, this was done to me , that was done to me, I need to go to treatment, so that I will recover from what I dont know. Get the treatment Center up and running. It’s all a life crippling negativity. It’s a perception that got inuit, in an unnecessary mess. It prevents people from experiencing life. Kids are made to believe that they need recovery, to the point , that many are finding it impossible to accomplish, because it’s false, these kids are committing suicide in great numbers. People will not recover from this mess, if they don’t start living instead of just recovering from birth to death.

#15. Posted by Let us become in Peace on July 11, 2018

#11 Aalummi, poor you, I cannot just imagine this towards to my children VS the aggressor.

We need to speak out and learn together, find a Peace.

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