Portrait of the Criminalization of the First Nations in Quebec: Providing Impetus for Change

by Annie Brisson-Proulx | Oct 28, 2019
The FNQLHSSC is pleased to announce the publication of a new report, available to all, entitled Portrait of the Criminalization of the First Nations in Quebec: Providing Impetus for Change.



The FNQLHSSC is pleased to announce the publication of a new report, available to all, entitled Portrait of the Criminalization of the First Nations in Quebec: Providing Impetus for Change.

The report is the first of its kind in Quebec: it examines how criminalization affects First Nations people living in communities as well as their contact with the legal system in 2016. The recommendations included in the report propose potential solutions for addressing the shortcomings of the justice system and overcriminalization. In recent years, the overcriminalization of Indigenous people (overreliance on the justice system as a first recourse) has been denounced time and time again by First Nations and Inuit organizations.

This report complements calls for justice by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and calls to action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec.

The FNQLHSSC would like to thank Marie-Ève Sylvestre (University of Ottawa), Céline Bellot (Université de Montréal) and Élaine Lesage-Mann (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) for their exceptional work, as well as the Ministère de la Justice du Québec, for providing financial support and access to its data.

This document is available via the FNQLHSSC online documentation centre. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Cedric Gray-Lehoux, Justice Initiatives Advisor, at cgray@cssspnql.com or 418-845-1540, ext. 2805.