Bill 113 Brings Recognition of Indigenous Customary Adoption to Civil Code of Quebec

June 16, 2017

The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government (GCC(EI)/CNG) issued a press release June 16 to mark the adoption into law of Bill 113 (“An Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information”). 

The Bill includes amendments further to representations of Indigenous stakeholders, including the Cree Nation, to include measures to recognize “temporary” customary adoptions, also known as “customary care”, which do not necessarily result in changes of filiation.

The CBHSSJB applauds the initiative of the Québec government, and particularly the Minister of Justice, to have legal effects of customary adoptions clearly reflected in the Civil Code of Quebec. 

For the Cree of Eeyou Istchee, customary adoption has been practiced for generations and continues to be practiced today. It remains an integral part of Cree culture and identity. 

The CBHSSJB, along with the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government (GCC(EI)/CNG) contributed to the collaborative work with the Government of Québec and other Indigenous organizations regarding Bill 113. 

Read the Grand Council Press Release: 
http://www.gcc.ca/newsarticle.php?id=468

Read the transcript of the public statement by Mme Stéphanie Vallée, ministre de la Justice after the law was adopted.
http://m.assnat.qc.ca/fr/actualites-salle-presse/conferences-points-presse/ConferencePointPresse-42125.html

Read a previous story on this subject from November 2016:
http://www.creehealth.org/news/community-stories/cbhssjb-welcomes-bill-customary-adoption