The Court of Quebec Addiction Treatment Program (CQATP) - Puvirnituq

Since September 2019, the Court of Québec Addiction Treatment Program in Puvirnituq (Nunavik Wellness Court or NITSIQ) has been available for residents of the community of Puvirnituq. Although the whole of Nunavik is badly affected by major community, cultural and social problems, the effects are most visible in the northern village of Puvirnituq. Given the high rates of alcoholism, drug addiction, criminal behaviour and suicide in the community, this was the site chosen for the one-year pilot project.

In accordance with the provincial framework program, the terms and conditions for the implementation of the Nunavik Wellness Court were adapted to take into account the specific features of the population group concerned.

Besides the Ministère de la Justice, the Court of Québec and the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, the main partners in the program are

  • the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions;
  • the defense lawyers and the Legal Community Center of Abitibi-Témiscamingue;
  • the Ministère de la Sécurité publique;
  • Makivik Corporation;
  • Kativik Regional Government;
  • the Kativik Regional Police Force;
  • the Saqijuq project;
  • the Inuulitsivik health centre;
  • the Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre.

Several Aboriginal organizations also played a role in its implementation.

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