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Racism in Nunavut: QIT calls for end to systemic racism at the hands of RCMP

June 5, 2020

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) echoes the voices of Inuit across Nunavut to call for an end to systemic violence at the hands of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). We are disappointed to see that discriminatory attitudes and practices captured in the Qikiqtani Truth Commission report continue to plague our communities today. QIA joins Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) to call for the establishment of an independent, alternative civil oversight body. The RCMP cannot be tasked with investigating themselves

Since 1999, there have been at least 15 deaths in Nunavut at the hands of the RCMP. Since January 1, 2020 the Ottawa Police Service has been asked to investigate five incidents involving the Nunavut RCMP including two shootings resulting in death. Nunavut incidents of police violence are nine times higher than Ontario. The latest incidence involved a young inebriated Inuit man who was deliberately struck by a moving RCMP truck, forcibly arrested by 5 RCMP officers and who later suffered multiple injuries while in custody. He had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment.