Hearings in Québec City on June 2nd - Consultation on racial profiling and
its consequences of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de
la jeunesse

MONTREAL, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The public hearings on racial profiling and its consequences of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse resume tomorrow, June 2nd, at the Centre Lucien-Borne in Québec City.

The Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec (FCSQ), as well as citizens from the Québec City area, will outline possible solutions to counter racial profiling. The Consultation focuses primarily on the racial profiling experiences of young people aged 14 to 25 from racialized communities in the educational sector, the social services and child and youth protection sector, as well as in the area of public safety.

Last week, the Commission held its first set of hearings in Montréal and heard from several individuals and representatives of community groups and public institutions who recommended implementation of programs to address racial profiling that make a difference.

"These presentations confirmed the relevance of the Commission's Consultation and the importance of speaking out about racial profiling in Québec. At times, it is a difficult process, but an essential one nonetheless," today said Gaétan Cousineau, President of the Commission.

In the first phase of the Consultation, launched in September 2009, the Commission collected about 150 submissions from youths and their parents who spoke out about their racial profiling experiences. In March of this year, the Commission released its Consultation Document on Racial Profiling presenting first-hand accounts of profiling, statistics and a series of questions aimed at guiding the discussions during the public hearings.

Following the publication of this document, more than 50 researchers, groups and institutions filed written presentations to the Commission which will be taken into account when it releases its final report and recommendations before the end of the year.

Mr. Cousineau chairs the panel, which also includes Emerson Douyon, a member of the Commission and Patricia Rimok, President of the Conseil des relations interculturelles du Québec. Next week the Commission will resume it hearings in Montreal from June 9 to 11 at the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec.

The Commission will publish its final report and recommendations by the end of 2010, and is committed to its implementation.

    Québec: June 2nd at 1:00 p.m.
    Centre Lucien-Borne, 100, chemin Ste-Foy

For more information and any change of scheduling, please visit: www.cdpdj.qc.ca

    Contact  Patricia Poirier
             514 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477, ext. 358


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SOURCE Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse

For further information: For further information: Patricia Poirier, (514) 873-5146, 1-800-361-6477, ext. 358, patricia.poirier@cdpdj.qc.ca

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