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26 October 2020
Bill 53 received its first reading in the legislative assembly last week
Nunavut’s justice minister tabled legislation last week that could pave the way for a new police oversight model for the territory.
Bill 53, an Act to Amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Agreement Act, received its first reading in the legislative assembly on Thursday, Oct. 22.
The new bill adds provisions to allow independent investigations to look into police-involved civilian injuries or deaths in the territory and the terms to create such a body.
As it stands, the Nunavut RCMP has agreements with the Ottawa and Calgary police services to conduct third-party investigations of incidents involving the police that lead to serious injury or death.