The Quebec government’s recently tabled Bill 96 represents the largest expansion of French-language rights isince the passing of Bill 101, the Charter of the French Language, in 1977. It is also raising concerns from Indigenous language advocates.
Faced with increasing violence against Indigenous women, many groups are calling on the federal government to finally implement the Calls for Justice made two years ago by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
Indigenous groups generally welcomed the recommendations made in the report into Quebec’s youth protection services released May 3. Although only two of the report’s 550 pages specifically addressed Indigenous issues, this was largely because effective solutions have already been offered by previous commissions.