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NDP (NU)
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2020-07-23 11:51
Matna, Chair.
Thank you to all of the witnesses for being here to share your wonderful knowledge.
Here's a shout-out to the IT team and translation for always keeping us on track.
I would like to point out as well that it is President Kotierk and President Obed. Her title is president, just as Natan's is.
My questions are for both of them. I'm going to start with President Kotierk.
Do you think that the relationship between the RCMP and Inuit has ever been a good one?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-07-23 11:52
Do you think that systemic racism is present within the RCMP?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-07-23 11:52
Thank you.
Aluki, President Kotierk, can you talk to the role that the RCMP has played from a standpoint of what that profession and what that uniform can symbolize to Inuit?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-07-23 11:53
Thank you, President Kotierk.
In about a minute, can you talk a little bit to the historical aspects that you touched on, such as some things the members could expect to find in the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, for example?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-07-23 11:54
Great. Matna, President Kotierk.
President Obed, oftentimes Inuit aren't necessarily on national headlines, and we have been having this discussion, especially around the Black Lives Matter movement, that indigenous lives matter. We have been seeing those kinds of things throughout the country. Can you talk to specific examples? I'm going to use one to kick us off.
For example, in Kinngait we saw that the video circulated and got national attention. Could you give us some more recent examples of those interactions between RCMP and Inuit that result in death?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-07-23 11:56
Matna, President Obed. I have about 30 seconds before the next question.
We talk about defunding the police, and I think that scares some people. Instead of raising it that way, what other services and resources should we be looking at investing in for Inuit?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-07-23 12:12
Matna. Thank you, Chair, and a quick shout-out to you. You've been doing great with time today. I really appreciate it.
For context, as well, for the rest of the committee, when we're talking about Nunavut, we're talking about a population that is just a bit bigger than Charlottetown, P.E.I. I want to put that into context, especially when we're talking about numbers.
We know that since 2010 in Nunavut, the rate of police-related deaths is 14.35 times that of Ontario. We know that suicide is nine times the rate. We know that women in the north experience violence at three times the rate of the rest of Canada.
My question is for President Kotierk.
We saw in June that this government has delayed their timeline in response to murdered and missing indigenous women and girls. What do you think that says about the relationship the federal government has to Inuit and majority Inuit communities, and what does that say about the value in that relationship and the value of Inuit lives?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-06-19 11:59
Matna, Chair.
This is again an incredibly difficult conversation. When I was growing up, my non-indigenous mother, when I travelled south, always made me take extra precautions. She said if I were to go missing, she didn't know who would look for me besides her. We lose countless of our indigenous sisters and women.
You mentioned to my colleague MP Gazan that while the action plan started in June of 2019, the funding to partners flowed after the election in October of 2019. Am I correct in saying that?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-06-19 12:00
It's interesting that it took over five months to actually start getting things done.
How many partners are there? What is the number for that?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-06-19 12:01
If you could find me a number, then I would love to know how many you have yet to hear from. You stated that this is something that is a barrier, and I think that's something that's an easy fix. Find the number of partners, how many you have yet to hear from, and reach out to them.
The national action plan has had a year to be developed. COVID has given us lost time, but by my math, that's about 77%. Is it fair to say that the action plan is 77% complete?
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NDP (NU)
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2020-06-19 12:02
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Honestly, I've just put my hands up. It's very frustrating to hear these conversations all the time when our women and children are having their safety compromised and we lose lives.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-06-19 12:53
Thank you. Matna, Chair.
I'll start by saying that we are starting this late because we were still waiting on the ministers to come on, knowing full well we've been doing this for a number of weeks. We know how a sound check works. This is why we get online a half an hour before. These are very important questions to be answered. Exactly as has been said, we are looking at what needs to change and where we need to make improvements, where the Liberal government needs to make improvements.
I don't think it's fully appreciated what impression indigenous communities get when a Liberal insider is given a contract, yet so many of our basic requests go unanswered. Nunavut has only seven ventilators. We have valid testing in only two of the 25 communities. We don't have enough clean water. Tuberculosis is still rampant, and there are so many other things.
If SARS, H1N1 and COVID-19 aren't the right time to act on long-term investments for people, then when is the right time?
Minister Miller, I'll start there.
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NDP (NU)
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2020-06-19 12:55
I think that's very interesting, considering my colleague had just given us a concrete example of the types of scandals that we do see all too often in our communities.
I know I'm running out of time, Chair, but I think it's incredibly important that ministers aren't only here to speak on things—we see a constant lack of action—but to be on time and to be respectful. We are here for our constituents, trying to do a job, and we have been prevented from doing that to the best of our abilities simply because of time management issues.
Thank you, Chair.
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