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Racial profiling and systemic discrimination of racialized youth
THE COMMISSION DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE ET DES DROITS DE LA JEUNESSE UNDERTAKES TO IMPROVE ITS WORK

MONTRÉAL, May 11, 2011 – The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse is committed to continuing its work fighting racial profiling. It undertakes to review its judicial strategy and to improve how it handles the systemic dimension of racial profiling complaints.

 “The results of our consultation on racial profiling and its consequences confirm that the Commission made the right decision when it launched this initiative and chose to make racial profiling an organizational priority,” today said the president of the Commission, Gaétan Cousineau, upon the release of its report: Racial profiling and systemic discrimination of racialized youth.

“This process has allowed us to shed light on manifestations of racial profiling in Québec and gave us the opportunity to put forward promising solutions to tackle racial profiling and systemic discrimination in key sectors for youth, such as public security, education and the youth protection system,” he added.

Mr. Cousineau acknowledged that a number a racialized community members expressed reservations when the Commission launched its consultation in September 2009 because they remembered previous consultations or public hearings held in Québec on racism and discrimination that did not bring significant and lasting changes.

To ensure that the Commission’s report does not meet a similar fate, the Commission has pledged to follow-up with the government, government departments, and other institutional stakeholders, such as police, cities and school boards to ensure that its recommendations are implemented.

The Commission has also undertaken to review its own work in order to improve its complaint handling process as it applies to racial profiling in order to take better account of the systemic dimension of such files. It will also improve the training of its own staff.

Moreover, the Commission is committed to continue working with the many community organizations that participated in the consultation process, and will remain attentive to their needs.

The Commission has also undertaken to: 

To find out more about the Commission’s more than 90 recommendations and the report entitled: Racial profiling and systemic discrimination of racialized youth, please visit www.cdpdj.qc.ca.

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Contact :           Patricia Poirier
                        (514) 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477 ext. 358
                        patricia.poirier@cdpdj.qc.ca