Board establishes Awash Uschiniichisuu Shikascheimuun Task Force to review CBHSSJB youth protection and youth criminal justice approaches
The task force will examine the concerns in Eeyou Istchee regarding youth protection and youth criminal justice matters under the authority of the CBHSSJB.
The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB) has put together a task force that will examine the concerns in Eeyou Istchee regarding youth protection and youth criminal justice matters under the authority of the CBHSSJB, and explore more culturally adapted approaches of caring for our children and youth.
Taria Matoush, Assistant Executive Director for Pimuhteheu, which oversees Youth Protection and Youth Healing Services for the CBHSSJB, was appointed to lead the Task Force.
The Awash Uschiniichisuu Shikascheimuun (safety and well-being of children and youth) Task Force will work with internal partners and external collaborators from Eeyou Istchee. Consultations with the pertinent stakeholders will take place in each of the communities as we come together to re-think how we want to care for our children and youth at risk, in a manner that is better adapted to our needs and realities.
“This is a very exciting project which can transform how we provide services to youth and families and bring significant changes in our communities, in a circle of care more in connection with our traditions and values. I wish Taria Matoush and her team a successful mandate, and I will keep our stakeholders informed of the progress of the work on a regular basis.” – Bertie Wapachee, Chairperson
The Department of Youth Protection aims to ensure the safety of all children under 18 years of age in Eeyou Istchee.
YHS contributes to the protection, rehabilitation and well-being (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) of youth in its care.