Media relations

Contact the Communications team:

Benoit Bigué-Turcotte
 819-354-3139
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Catherine Bérubé-Leblanc
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 catherine.berube-leblanc@cerp.gouv.qc.ca
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The month of December will mark the end of public hearings for the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec. From December 5th to 14th, the last testimonies will be heard at the Pena-Dumont conference room at Val-d’Or airport.

November 5, 2018 

Nunavik to receive the Québec Public Inquiry
The fifth and final hearing block outside of Val-d’Or for Commissioner Jacques Viens and its team

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will pursue its hearings on Inuit soil this month. Two weeks of hearings are to be set on both Hudson and Ungava coasts. The Commission will be in Kuujjuaraapik, from November 12 to 16 and in Kuujjuaq from November 19 to 23. 

October 10, 2018 

The Québec Public Inquiry to hold two new weeks of public hearings in Val-d’Or

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress continues its public hearings at the Val-d’Or Music and Drama Conservatory from October 15 to 26. 

September 18, 2018

The Québec Inquiry Commission back in Val-d’Or

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will return to its main hearing room as hearings will resume in Val-d’Or on September 24.

September 6, 2018

Me Suzanne Arpin appointed Chief Counsel and spokesperson of the Québec Inquiry Commission

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress announces the resignation of Me Christian Leblanc and Me Marie-Josée Barry-Gosselin. They will officially leave their respective functions on Friday, September 7th. Suzanne Arpin will be appointed Chief Counsel of the Commission as of Monday, September 10, 2018.

August 27, 2018 

The Québec Inquiry Commission to continue its public hearings in Quebec City

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be in Quebec City in September to hold two new weeks of public hearings. The fifth official block of hearings held outside of Val-d’Or will take place from September 4 to 14 at the Centre des Congrès de Québec. 

August 6, 2018

Provincial Inquiry public hearings resume in Val-d’Or in August

After a short summer recess, the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will hold two new weeks of hearings starting August 13, at the Conservatory of music and drama of Val-d’Or. 

Commissioner Jacques Viens and the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress team are set to undertake their final hearings stretch this fall.

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will travel to Nunavik and Mi'gmaq territories in July, in order to offer public information sessions. 

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress has announced today that a deadline for receiving new testimonies has been set for September 5, 2018.

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will hold public hearings at the Conservatory of music and drama of Val-d’Or, from June 4 to 8 and at Neoskweskau Complex in the Cree Nation of Mistissini, from June 11 to 20. 

May 3, 2018 

The Québec Inquiry Commission unveils its calendar of hearings

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress has unveiled the names of the witnesses that will be heard in Mani-Utenam in May.  

April 12, 2018 

Cree Nation of Mistissini to receive CERP’s hearings

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress is pleased to announce that public hearings will be held on Eeyou Istchee territory. After Montreal and Mani-Utenam, the Commission will hold hearings in the Cree Nation of Mistissini in June.

April 9, 2018 

A busy month of April is ahead for Quebec Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services’ representatives as many communities and organizations will be visited throughout the Province in the weeks to come.

April 3, 2018 

Mani-Utenam to welcome CERP hearings
The listening, reconciliation and progress Commission will hold hearings in Innu territory in May 

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress’s team will be heading to the North Shore in May. 

Three weeks of hearings will be necessary to examine the issues that will be brought to the CERP’s attention. This will be the Commission’s second official hearing block outside of Val-d’Or.

March 27, 2018 

The Québec Inquiry Commission to resume hearings in Val-d’Or

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be back in Val-d’Or to hold three weeks of hearings at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, commencing on April 3.  

March 23, 2018 

Commissioner Viens issues a 3rd call to action 

Following the March 21st and 22nd testimonies regarding the funding for Aboriginal police forces, Commissioner Jacques Viens has decided this morning to issue a 3rd call to action.

March 9, 2018

Several public information sessions will be held in March

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will travel to different areas of Québec in March, in order to give public information sessions. The Commission will visit the communities of Kawawachikamach, Matimekush, Kahnawake, as well as the Eeyou Istchee territory and Montreal.

March 6, 2018 

Provincial Inquiry public hearings resume in Montreal

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be back in Montreal to hold two more weeks of hearings at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, starting on March 12. 

Februrary 15, 2018

New public information sessions will be held in the Côte-Nord region and in Nunavik

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will visit Pakua Shipi, Unamen Shipu and Kuujjuaq on February to offer information sessions and hold several meetings.

February 5, 2018 

The Québec Inquiry Commission to continue its public hearings in Montreal

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will hold its next two weeks of hearings at the Palais des Congrès de Montreal, starting on February 12.

January 17, 2018

The Québec Public Inquiry to present new information sessions in January

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be in Montreal, in Eeyou Istchee territory and in the Atikamekw community of Wemotaci in January, to offer information sessions.

January 9, 2018

The Québec Inquiry Commission to start 2018 with two weeks of hearings in Val-d’Or

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will hold two new weeks of hearings starting January 15, 2018 in Val-d’Or.

December 14, 2017

Commissioner Viens satisfied with first year accomplishments

Jacques Viens, President of the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress is satisfied with his team’s achievements during the first year of the mandate.

November 29, 2017 

The provincial Inquiry to hold hearings in Montreal

Public hearings will be held at Palais des Congrès de Montréal in February and March 2018

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will hold public hearings at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal during the months of February and March 2018. Following two weeks of hearings in Val-d’Or, in January, the Commission will travel to Montreal for a four week period. The Commissioner will hear testimonies during two blocks of hearings split into two weeks each.

November 27, 2017 

The Québec Inquiry Commission to conclude 2017 with its 11th week of hearings

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will hold one last week of hearings starting December 4, 2017 before returning in January 2018.

November 6, 2017

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will hold two new weeks of hearings starting November 13, 2017.  

October 31, 2017

First official visits in the Côte-Nord region and Eeyou Istchee territory 

Representatives from the provincial Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be passing through the Côte-Nord region and Eeyou Istchee territory during the week of November 5, in order to meet with community members of these regions. Six public information sessions will be held, in Sept-Îles as well as in the Innu communities of Uashat mak Mani-utenam, Pessamit, Nutashkuan and Cree communities of Mistissini and Waswanipi. 

Octobre 25, 2017 

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress is pleased to unveil a first report of its visits. As of today, 41 meetings and information sessions have been performed across the province of Québec both in Indigenous communities and organizations.

October 12, 2017 

The Québec Public Inquiry continues its visits within communities

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be in the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh and in the Atikamekw community of Opitciwan on October 16 and 18, to offer public information sessions. 

October 11, 2017

The Québec Inquiry Commission to propose two new weeks of hearings in October

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will hold two new weeks of hearings starting October 16, 2017. During these hearings, many witnesses will come and speak about few subjects like personal stories, youth protection, police services or continuing education.

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be in the Algonquin community of Rapid Lake, and in La Tuque and Trois-Rivières, during the week of October 8, to offer public information sessions. Also, during the same week, the Commission will present to three public organizations, namely the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS), the Québec Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ) and the Sûreté du Québec. 

Septembre 28, 2017 

The Quebec Inquiry Commission satisfied by the application of its recommendation by Val-d’Or municipal court

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progess was very pleased by the application of the recommendation made by its Commissioner Jacques Viens by the Val-d’Or municipal court.

September 13, 2017 

The Quebec Inquiry to present public information sessions in Timiskaming First Nation and Val-d’Or Native Friendship centre

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be in the Algonquin community of Timiskaming First Nation and at the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre, during the week of September 17, to offer public information sessions.

September 7, 2017

The Quebec Inquiry to visit the Senneterre Native Friendship Centre

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be at the Senneterre Native Friendship Centre, on September 13, to offer a public information session. 

September 1, 2017

Representatives from the Quebec Public Inquiry Commission will visit the Algonquin community of Abitibiwinni

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be in  the Algonquin community of Abitibiwinni, on September 5 to offer a public information session.

August 30, 2017

Romeo Saganash, Serge Bouchard, Konrad Sioui, Ellen Gabriel and Béatrice Vaugrante among witnesses coming in September 

After three weeks of hearings in June, the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress is coming back with three new weeks of hearings in September.

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress is happy to announce new public information sessions that will be held in Roberval and Chibougamau on August 22nd and 23rd. 

August 10, 2017 

Representatives from the Quebec Public Inquiry Commission will visit the Atikamekw community of Manawan

Representatives from the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will be in the Atikamekw community of Manawan from August 15 to 17 to offer a public information session to members of the community and the Lanaudière Native Friendship Center. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, August 15, from 9:00 am at Otapi School, located at 470 Otapi Street in Manawan.

August 1, 2017

Representatives of the provincial Public Inquiry Commission will visit the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg to offer public information session

Representatives of the provincial Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress will soon be in the Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg to meet with members during public information sessions. These community visits will take place during the week of August 6.

May 29, 2017

Ghislain Picard, Matthew Coon Come and Viviane Michel to take part of the hearings in June

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress is proud to unveil its calendar of hearings for the month of June. The Commissioner Jacques Viens is satisfied about the positive response from both Indigenous leaders and public services representatives.


May 11, 2017

The Quebec Inquiry grants a standing to 13 full and limited participants

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress has granted this morning a full participant standing to 12 applicants and a limited participant standing to one applicant.


April 4, 2017

The Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress needs to get an active participation from every individual, indigenous and non-indigenous, indigenous organizations or associations and public services in manner to accomplish its mandate.


March 13, 2017

Convening to the Commission d'enquête sur les relations entre les Autochtones et certains services publics du Québec: écoute, réconciliation et progrès’s launching press conference

The Commission d'enquête sur les relations entre les Autochtones et certains services publics du Québec: écoute, réconciliation et progrès would like to invite the members of the media and all interested people to its official launching press conference.