MLA concerned ‘a lot of trust has been broken’ between RCMP and Indigenous women

By Tom Taylor, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter NWT NEWS/NORTH MLA Jane Weyallon Armstrong is concerned that there is a growing rift between Indigenous women and members of the RCMP. “There’s not enough trust,’’ she told NNSL Media on April 9. “A lot of trust has been broken.’’ Weyallon Armstrong, who represents the four Tlicho communities of Behchoko, Whati, Gameti and Wekweeti, first broached her concern about the distrust between some Indigenous women and NWT police during the Feb. 29 session of the legislative assembly. She contended at the time that, over the years, women in her communities have told her stories about mistreatment at the hands of the RCMP, including “having their hair pulled’’ and their “wrists fractured by excessive use of force.’’ “It’s happening,’’ she added in April. “They’re…

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