Hélène (Sioui) Trudel


Hélène (Sioui) Trudel

Montréal

For her exceptional promotion of fairer treatment for the most vulnerable children in our society, and for her commitment over almost 30 years to the cause of access to justice and respect for the fundamental rights of the most deprived population groups, Hélène (Sioui) Trudel has been presented with Québec’s Prix de la justice award by the Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée. Ms.(Sioui) Trudel is the founding director of the Alliance droit santé component of the Dr. Julien Foundation, and a manager, legal counsellor, mediator and lawyer.

Hélène (Sioui) Trudel graduated in criminology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in 1986, and joined the Assembly of First Nations as an analyst of health and social services programs. She went on to establish the National Indian and Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization, a national group dedicated to the protection and promotion of the rights of its 1,500 members, and of Native women in particular. For almost six years she directed the organization, which upholds the right of its members throughout Canada to receive continuing education and pay equity. She also wrote and published a quarterly magazine on health in three languages—French, English and Inuktitut.

Hélène (Sioui) Trudel received a law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1998 and became a member of the Québec Bar in 1999. She worked as a research and liaison officer for the Youth Division of the Court of Québec and then for the Law Commission of Canada and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

From 2000 to 2005 she practised law at the law firm O'Reilly & Associés, making a special contribution to major cases involving land claims by Native peoples based on Aboriginal and treaty rights.

In 2006, she founded and chaired Les Services juridiques Atsienha Inc., an organization that promotes the development and practice of social and community justice. She then joined the Dr. Julien Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that all children are able to develop their full potential in compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. As part of this work she founded and directed the Alliance droit santé component, which incorporates law and dispute resolution models inspired by First Nations culture into social medicine.

Since 2006, Hélène (Sioui) Trudel has been a decision-making member (part-time) of the Comité de déontologie policière to ensure protection for citizens in their dealings with Native police officers.

Hélène (Sioui) Trudel is an active member of Dr. Julien Foundation, where she works to ensure access to justice for all and draws up programs to help ensure respect for children’s rights, such as Cercle de l'enfant, a mediation model bringing together all the partners providing assistance for a child, and Garage à musique, a model for a social consortium to give young people in difficulty access to development tools through group involvement in music along with social paediatric and adapted academic support services. 

Since 2010, Hélène (Sioui) Trudel has been a member of the senior management team at the Dr. Julien Foundation. In 2011, she established the Transfert des connaissances component in the field of social paediatrics to support communities using the integrated social medicine model, and works closely with the program, in particular by designing and offering courses incorporating law into the field of social paediatrics.

Hélène (Sioui) Trudel is a member of the Wendat Nation and co-author of a book published in 2009, Tous responsables de nos enfants. 

The Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, presenting the 2013 Prix de la justice medal to Hélène (Sioui) Trudel.

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