Indigenous leaders call for systemic review of RCMP practices

By Teresa Wright THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Canada’s national police force has a shattered relationship with Indigenous Peoples and must re-examine how it treats individuals, especially those who are homeless or dealing with addiction issues, the head of a national Inuit organization said Thursday. “I think what we’re seeing is policing through stereotypes,’’Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, told MPs on the public safety committee. “Without a relationship between the RCMP and the community, Inuit aren’t seen as people but we’re seen through all the negative lenses that perhaps the general Canadian society thinks of when they think of Inuit and what it’s like to police Inuit.’’ This leads to over-policing and under-policing: excessive use of force in some cases, while Indigenous women are murdered or going missing…

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