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Public Safety committee  Matna. I think it signals very publicly the message that it's not a priority, despite the very public inquiry and the platitudes of how important it is and how the relationship with indigenous peoples is more important than other relationships. I liken it to a recent document

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  Qujannamiik, Natan. We know that the current way in which policing is delivered is not working. The excessive force and the number of Inuit who are dying at the hands of the RCMP is of concern. I think any consideration for us to look at how things can be done differently would

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  Similar to what I said in terms of the 25 communities in Nunavut, I think there's an opportunity to have the force work with our communities and employ people, whether they're officers or not, similar to the way in which we had special constables. I think that would help enrich t

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  I think that when the RCMP first came to our homelands, they relied heavily on special constables who were Inuit who were able to provide not only interpretation through language, but also cultural interpretation.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  I think it has always been strained.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  Systemic racism is rampant in Nunavut, and it's not limited solely to the RCMP.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  In terms of the relationship, I spoke briefly to the historical context. When I look at the RCMP, I see it as just one aspect of a whole justice system. It's not enough for us to focus solely on the RCMP; we need to look at ways in which we're addressing the social ills of our co

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  Qujannamiik I think it's a very complex relationship between Nunavut Inuit and the RCMP, one in which the RCMP relied heavily on Inuit because they were not able to live in our Arctic homelands, did not know what to eat, did not know how to keep warm and did not know how to tra

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  Is this for me?

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  I know that in Nunavik, in northern Quebec, the police force currently uses body cameras. It's something that's been called for in Nunavut as something that could be used as a tool. I think it would be very helpful. I don't think it's the only way to make things better between th

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  Very briefly, I will just comment that the Government of Nunavut has indicated that they are looking at an oversight model, which is encouraging. As well, and what is not so encouraging, is that the Minister of Justice for the Government of Nunavut has indicated that there isn't

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Public Safety committee  Qujannamiik Natan. Ullukuut. An imbalance of power and control has characterized the relationship between the RCMP and Nunavut Inuit since the relationship began. This is well documented through the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, which describes the relationship between 1940 and

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Canadian Heritage committee  I've looked through the legislation. My fear about the creation of a commissioner's office is that it's symbolic. It does not help a 10-year-old Inuktitut-speaking student when they go into the school. I don't know how it's going to transform the way in which the federal governme

February 26th, 2019Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Canadian Heritage committee  I think it's important that there be objective standards against which indigenous languages can be measured. In terms of Nunavut and Inuit languages, when I talk about the standards of services and the essential services in which I think Inuktut and Inuit should be receiving serv

February 26th, 2019Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk

Canadian Heritage committee  It's close collaboration with Inuit organizations. When I'm speaking about that, I'm thinking specifically in the context of Nunavut. Currently, there are language agreements that are agreed to by the territorial public government and the federal government, and Inuit organizatio

February 26th, 2019Committee meeting

Aluki Kotierk