Nunavut MLA to ask justice department for review of police oversight in territory

Nunavut MLA Adam Arreak Lightstone said he will be asking the territory's Department of Justice to review how police oversight is handled in Nunavut.

The Iqaluit-Manirajak representative used the legislature's first time questioning the Legal Services Board in standing committee to raise the issue on Tuesday.

The board is responsible for ensuring Nunavummiut have access to legal representation through legal aid and public education initiatives, per the territory's Legal Services Act.

In 2015, it wrote a letter to then-minister of justice Paul Okalik to raise a concerning trend among its clients of visible injuries the clients said were the result of excessive force by RCMP officers.

Madeleine Redfern, the board's chair, said it began keeping track of clients who sued the police for damages in the 2014/2015 government fiscal year. In the first year there were nine cases, in the following year, seven, then nine, and in 2017/2018 there were 11 cases.


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