Situation ‘critical’ in Nunavik: Commission demands changes in youth protection

By Cedric Gallant Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Nunavik’s youth in child protection services have limited access to nutritious food and experience overcrowding and other socio-economic conditions associated with child neglect, according to a report released last week. “The situation remains critical for children in Nunavik,” said the Report on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Report on Youth Protection Services in Nunavik, released May 17 by Quebec’s Human Rights and Youth Commission. The report points to the need to focus on the “root causes” behind what it calls a “widespread violation” of Nunavik children’s rights. According to the report, 1,119 out of the region’s total youth population of 5,594 are under the care of youth protection services. That equates to 20 per cent of Nunavik’s youth, in contrast to…

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