CBC News, Updated: Oct 27, 2015
MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson shocked by Val-d’Or sex assault cases, wants meeting with RCMP
The head of a northern Manitoba chiefs group is calling for meetings with the top police chiefs in the province after a series of sexual assault allegations against provincial police officers in Quebec surfaced last week.
- Quebec First Nations chief calls for independent inquiry into Val-d’Or allegations
- More aboriginal women allege abuse by police in Val-d’Or, Que.
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson said she was shocked by allegations that a number of provincial police officers had sexually assaulted and mistreated women from Val-d’Or, Que., a town of about 30,000 northwest of Montreal.
At least eight Quebec provincial police officers are now under investigation for sex abuse against aboriginal women in the community. They have all either been put on leave or transferred to administrative duty.
Meanwhile, cameras are being installed in provincial police vehicles in Val-d’Or, in an effort to restore confidence in the community’s citizens.
On Tuesday, North Wilson said Manitoba’s northern chiefs stand in solidarity with the women, and she is renewing calls for an inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.
She said and inquiry must address systemic barriers in the justice system and mistreatment of indigenous women by some members of Canadian police forces.
North Wilson also said she would like to meet with the RCMP’s top officer in Manitoba — D Division Commanding Officer Kevin Brosseau as well as Winnipeg Police Service Chief Devon Clunis to talk about local concerns, including having First Nations-led police service providers.