The Neville-Robitaille Report: Recommendations

The following are recommendations of the team:

1. That in relation to Nouveau Quebec affairs, the foremost if not singular objective of governments be the improvement in the quality of life of the people who live there, with particular reference to Eskimo and Indians.

The reports goes on to say:

Most Eskimos and Indians in Nouveau Quebec still play a marginal role in Canadian Society, not just in material but more importantly, the fact of their alienation from the forces which make the decisions and give real direction to human affairs within that society.  The improvement of those conditions should be the main consideration of governments.
Those who have the greatest needs should be assisted first and the most urgent should receive priority.  The improvement in housing is considered to the the most obvious......

2. That increasing efforts be made by both governments, working in close collaboration in the years immediately ahead, to search out and experiment with new, or at least more effective methods of providing services.

It continues by saying that the people must be involved in all such discussions and decisions and their views must be understood and taken account of....

In the same connection, more serious consideration needs to be given to the idea of according the Community Councils some measure of legal authority under provincial legislature, to begin functioning as true starting forms of local self-government.

3. That Eskimos and Indians of Nouveau Quebec be offered increased encouragement and opportunity to meet among themselves more frequently for the purpose of developing their own organizational structures ..........

With this recommendation, the team further says that Eskimos should be provided the opportunity, including financial assistance from governments, to discuss issues amongst themselves and to develop their own associations to present their point of views to governments and outsiders on matters affecting them.

4. The proposal by the governments to integrate the services, which each now given rather independently, should be pursued wherever such a step is feasible, clearly advantageous and where it is accepted by the local population.  Where administrative integration is not immediately possible, a greater effort should be made by both governments to collaborate more closely in the provision of services and to interpret the advantages of such an arrangement to the population.

Most who expressed themselves at the meetings were obviously opposed at the moment to any significant change in the administration of education services, although the same does not seem to be true of other governmental services.  Considering the cost and confusion related to the present system of dual administration, both governments should therefore make every effort to develop suitable local arrangements.........

  • April 18, 2006
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