Jacques Nadeau Archives Le Devoir Federal Minister of Justice David Lametti confirmed Tuesday morning financial assistance of $919,000, which will be used, among other things, to provide the services of a full-time lawyer at the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal and the families who frequent it.
Ottawa is providing nearly $1 million in financial assistance over four years to the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal to provide better access to justice for vulnerable members of this community.
This is part of the first collaborative Indigenous justice strategy to address overrepresentation and systemic discrimination in the Canadian justice system.
Federal Justice Minister David Lametti confirmed financial assistance of $919,000 on Tuesday morning, which will be used, among other things, to provide the services of a full-time lawyer to the organization and the families who attend it.< /p>
A social worker will also be hired to support the beneficiaries of the centre's services. The rest of the envelope will be devoted to the implementation of training allowing them to better understand their rights.
The amount is taken from the Funding program for the provision of legal services and support to racialized communities, for which $21.5 million was allocated in the last budget.
Right now, many Indigenous families across the country are being broken up by the removal of children by child protective services, said shelter director Na'kuset S.< /p>
Many specialists or lawyers are poorly equipped to help mothers because they are not familiar with the reality of Aboriginal peoples, she also lamented.
The services that will be funded by the Department of Justice will be added to a housing project of 23 units intended for Aboriginal women and their children, where there will also be a social pediatrics clinic. Everything should open next August.
“We wanted to work with experts to help women, especially to get their children back. The arrival of a family lawyer will give them hope,” said Na'Kuset S.
Mr. Lametti hopes that these measures will help reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the justice system and in the child protection field.
“I am aware that it is flaws in our system that make work of organizations [like the Refuge] that are so essential,” he said.
“We all have a role to play in ending the violence experienced by women and LGBTQ people in communities indigenous peoples,” said Liberal MP for Outremont, Rachel Bendayan. Our government is committed to addressing discrimination and systemic racism, which have caused them generational trauma, in addition to social and economic inequality.
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