A landmark moment for the future of First Nations children, youth and families: the recognition of the effects of customary adoption
WENDAKE, QC, June 16, 2017 – The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) joins the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador in welcoming the adoption of Bill 113, “An Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information.”
Even though First Nations have been waiting for this moment for many years, it is important to mention that customary adoption has always been part of First Nations inherent rights and it has been practised in ways that are specific to each Nation’s culture and customs.
“I wish to highlight the effective collaboration between First Nations, Inuit and the Quebec government in drafting and implementing new legislative provisions which directly affect our people. The efforts have been fruitful and the outcome can now serve as an example for future legislative changes,” said Derek Montour, President of the Board of Directors of the FNQLHSSC.
In adopting this Bill, the Quebec government is giving concrete effect to the spirit of reconciliation, respect and dialogue, and it is responding positively to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“We live in interesting times. With improved partnerships with federal and provincial partners, First Nations can improve the focus on creating and further developing their own structures to enhance their service offer to meet the needs of their population according to their customs, cultures and realities,” Derek Montour added.
Bill 113 will also serve to bridging the gap between the effects of First Nations customs and the legal and administrative traditions of Quebec.
For example, it will now be possible to record the rights and obligations that are customary between the child and his or her parents of origin and between the child and his or her customary parents.
The FNQLHSSC will pursue its mandate in supporting Quebec First Nations in achieving their health, wellness, culture, and self-determination goals.
About the FNQLHSSC
The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission supports First Nations in defending, upholding and asserting the inherent right to health and social services while helping them plan and deliver culturally appropriate programs.
For further information: Source: Chantal Cleary, Communications Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 418-842-1540, extension 2304, Cellular : 418-559-7337, www.cssspnql.com