Class action against the governments of Quebec and Canada

Lawyers Alexandre Brosseau-Wery, William Colish, Mélissa Des Groseilliers, Victor Chauvelot, David Sterns, Mohsen Seddigh and Michelle Logasov.  Sources: Kugler Kandestin LLP and Sotos Class Actions websites, and LinkedIn

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Lawyers Alexandre Brosseau-Wery, William Colish, Mélissa Des Groseilliers, Victor Chauvelot, David Sterns, Mohsen Seddigh and Michelle Logasov. Sources: Kugler Kandestin LLP and Sotos Class Actions websites, and LinkedIn

Mrs Lucy Tookalook and Tanya Jones bring a class action before the Superior Court against the governments of Quebec and Canada to denounce the illegal and discriminatory underfunding of youth protection services and other services in Nunavik.

They are represented by lawyers Alexandre Brosseau-Wery, William Colish and Melissa Des Groseilliersof Kugler Kandestin LLP, Me Louis-Nicholas Coupal and me Victor Chauvelotby Coupal Chauvelot, as well as David SternsMohsen Seddigh and Michelle Logasovof Sotos Class Actions.

“According to the document, Quebec and Canada violated the fundamental rights of the members of the group, in particular their right to equality, by neglecting to offer youth protection services, health care and other services. basic social benefits of a level comparable to those received by other Canadian children. These constitutional violations took two forms,” the February 22 press release said.

The plaintiffs allege that the two “levels of government have been jointly responsible for the public services provided in Nunavik since the signing of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement in 1975”.

Filed on February 21, this action targets “all Inuit children in Nunavik who were part of the child protection system between 1975 and today, who needed an essential service between 1975 and today , but who have faced a denial, delay or gap in services” as well as “the parents, or custodial grandparents, of the aforementioned Inuit children”.

The plaintiffs are two survivors of the Director of Youth Protection in Nunavik. They ask for compensation as damages for each member and to be the representatives of the group.

“I am taking action today because I want justice for my people – my people who have been treated inhumanely for decades. I want the Inuit children of Nunavik to have a chance to be heard by the courts. I want their pain and suffering to be heard, felt and repaired,” Ms Jones said in a statement.
By filing this lawsuit, they want to put an end to the “unlawful” treatment and “discrimination” of child protection services and other essential services for Inuit children.

“I was taken from my mother when I was born and sent thousands of miles away as a newborn to a hospital in Montreal. I stayed there for seven months, alone and without support. I was then sent back to Nunavik into a system that completely abandoned me and other Inuit children to the darkest indifference and cruelest abuse. I don’t want the same thing to happen to my children and to future generations of Inuit in Quebec,” said Ms. Tookalook.

They also say they are making this request in order to protect future generations of children to “prevent a new generation from being victims of intergenerational trauma caused by decades of underfunding and neglect on the part of Quebec and Canada. “.

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