Quebec doesn't track outcomes of police abuse complaints from Indigenous people

Ghislain Picard hopes Jacques Viens, the retired Quebec Superior Court judge who heard hundreds of stories of discrimination and racism from First Nations and Inuit people in the province, will address a lot of problems in his report, to be released Monday.

High on that list is tracking what happens to complaints from Indigenous people alleging abuse by police, said Picard, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Quebec and Labrador.

"That data is critical," said the Innu leader. But CBC News has learned it can't be had.

All eyes will be on Val-d'Or, Que., next week, when Viens presents recommendations from his $17-million inquiry. But they wouldn't be, were it not for the 93 men and women — most, but not all, Indigenous — who lodged complaints about the way they'd been treated by a police officer in the province.

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