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Preventing and mitigating the consequences of addiction

The problems connected with the use of psychoactive substances and gambling lead to direct consequences within Aboriginal communities. These consequences warrant particular attention. They include the number of crimes committed under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison population, all of the disorders caused by fetal alcoholism, spousal and family violence, the over-representation of Aboriginal children and youth in the youth protection services and identity disconnection among youth.

Members of First Nations and Inuit facing addition problems have access to the services of the health and social services system, as do all Quebecers. However, Aboriginal organizations report a number of obstacles to the uptake of these services in cities: mistrust of institutions, bad experiences, the language barrier, and prejudice and racism toward the First Nations and Inuit.

A number of fruitful initiatives have been brought in by the different levels of government in recent years. These initiatives have made evident the need to continue the work and to foster collaboration between the levels of government, Aboriginal communities and the health and social services system.

In June 2017, the Québec government published the 2017-2022 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Development of the First Nations and Inuit, which marks a change in the government’s practices. From now on, all government measures in the realms of the social and cultural development of the nations are being included in the Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Development of the First Nations and Inuit and are no longer included in the sectoral action plans prepared by Québec government departments and bodies. By consolidating its initiatives in the realm of Aboriginal social and cultural development into a single approach, the Québec government is seeking to achieve better targeted, more coherent, effective initiatives.

Accordingly, the following measures, prepared through the Plan d’action interministériel en dépendances 2018-2028 (interministerial action plan on addiction) are included within the Action Plan :

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN

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Strategic Priority
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1.1.8 Establish guidance programs in the courts for Aboriginal offenders, especially as regards questions related to alcohol and drug addiction, spousal and family violence, mental health or omelessness.

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MSP,
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Judiciary

Enhance services

1.1.23 Adapt information and awareness-raising tools in the addiction revention campaign.

MSSS

 

Enhance services

1.1.24 Inform and heighten awareness among pregnant women, those who wish to become pregnant and their family circle concerning the risks linked to psychoactive substances.

MSSS

 

Enhance services

1.1.25 Make accessible training to support the rollout of the addiction service offer for community interveners and Aboriginal organizations.

MSSS

 

Enhance services

1.2.7 Elaborate, with Aboriginal partners and officials in the health and social services network responsible for Aboriginal issues, a strategy designed to enhance access to and the continuity of addiction services for members of the First Nations and Inuit.

MSSS

 

Enhance services

4.1.1 Implement activities that promote the transfer of knowledge pertaining to addiction in the First Nations and Inuit communities.

MSSS

 

Foster collaboration and research

4.2.6 Explore avenues that facilitate monitoring of changes in behaviour with respect to the consumption of psychoactive substances and gambling in Aboriginal communities.

MSSS

 

Foster collaboration and research

4.2.7 Take stock of knowledge on addiction problems in First Nations and Inuit communities.

MSSS

 

Foster collaboration and research

4.2.8 Determine possible applications of the information inventoried with respect to addiction treatment in First Nations and Inuit communities.

MSSS

 

Foster collaboration and research

4.2.9 Conduct research on targeted themes according to the need for knowledge on addiction in First Nations and Inuit communities.

MSSS

 

Foster collaboration and research

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