The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal (NWSM) and the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) are calling on the Quebec government to investigate after they claim an Inuk youth was placed in solitary confinement at a juvenile detention center.
The two organizations are calling for an independent investigation into Batshaw Youth and Family Centers after the NWSM says it received an anonymous tip.
“The youth was isolated for an extended period and was told not to speak his own language with other Inuk youth,” CRARR said in a press release. “It appears he was moved south without a social worker attached to his file for regular follow-up care and support.”
The CRARR publication adds that a health condition that was not properly treated resulted in the teen needlessly losing a testicle.
“Both groups will urge the government to order an independent, outside investigation into the case as this situation is yet another example of ongoing systemic issues facing Inuit children and families in Batshaw,” notes CRARR. “The Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission’s investigative process has many flaws that further impede access to justice for protected Indigenous children in Montreal.”