MONTREAL-An advocate for Indigenous people says a Montreal-based child and family services agency isn’t serious about improving care for Indigenous youth. Nakuset, director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, says that while Batshaw Youth and Family Centres has received advice and recommendations from Indigenous communities and the province’s human rights commission, the agency isn’t implementing them. Her comments are in reaction to an incident in April that was first reported by CBC News, in which an Inuk teenager at a Batshaw rehabilitation centre north of Montreal was allegedly put in isolation despite being in pain and needing emergency surgery. Nakuset, who uses one name, says that while Quebec’s human and youth rights commission has opened an investigation, the watchdog shouldn’t have waited until after the incident received media attention.
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