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The QNA supports the calls to justice of the National Inquiry into missing Indigenous women and girl

The Quebec Nurses Association (QNA) welcomes the report of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Quebec and fully supports the 21 calls for justice found there.

More specifically, as a professional nursing association, we are committed to putting forward the five calls for justice that specifically involve nurses and the healthcare and social services system:

“ 4. WE CALL UPON the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec to establish an independent, multi-jurisdictional civilian entity to protect Indigenous citizens, with the mission to safeguard rights, receive complaints, investigate, and report on the quality of public services provided to the members of Indigenous communities as is proposed in Call for Justice 1.7 of the National Report. We call upon the Government of Quebec to ensure this body has jurisdiction and authority within the province of Quebec;”

“ 6. WE CALL UPON the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec to fund the establishment and long-term operation of culturally appropriate resources, such as healing lodges, culturally appropriate shelters and halfway houses, for Indigenous women and girls, including members of 2SLGBTQQIA communities, in urban areas and in all Indigenous communities throughout Quebec;”

“8. WE CALL UPON the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and municipal governments to fully train Quebec based public service workers so that they can adapt their interventions to the socio-cultural realities of Indigenous people and the particular challenges faced by them;”

“19. WE CALL UPON the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, municipal governments and Indigenous governments to approve and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples(UNDRIP);”

“20. WE CALL UPON the Quebec government to provide Indigenous families with all the information it has about children who have been apprehended following admission to a hospital or any other health center in Quebec;”

Finally, the QNA is committed to respecting the principles and calls for justice of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, by putting forward First Nations, Inuit and Métis voices in the health issues that affect them, and work to improve our cultural competencies and those of our members. In addition, we recognize the systemic barriers faced by Indigenous nurses throughout their careers. In fact, First Nations, Inuit and Métis nurses represent only 3% of the nursing workforce in Canada and that proportion drops to 1.6% of nurses in Quebec. This proportion is not representative of their populational weight. An increase in the number of Indigenous health professionals is fundamental to improving services to this population, in hospitals but also in community care.

Working with families within their own communities to provide culturally safe care should be the basic standard for nurses. We are committed to listening to and learning from our First Nations, Inuit and Métis members and acting on the calls for justice of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and the report of the National Inquiry into missing Indigenous women and girls.

To read the full report and supplements in English: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/

To read the judicial analysis on the use of the word “genocide”: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Supplementary-Report_Genocide.pdf

For more on the Truth and Reconciliation commission: http://www.trc.ca/index.html

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