Saskatchewan police oversight agency should be Indigenous-led: provincial justice minister –

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 202074 Views

June 29, 2020

The next chair of Saskatchewan’s police oversight agency should “ideally” be a First Nations or Métis person, the provincial justice minister says.

“I think for First Nations and Métis people in our province to have confidence in the system, they would have a higher level of confidence knowing that we were willing to appoint somebody who was First Nations or Métis ancestry,” Justice Minister Don Morgan told reporters Monday at the legislative building, adding it’s a direction the province “can and should go.”

The government recently tabled the Police Amendment Act 2020, which adds to the responsibilities of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) that investigates complaints against police officers.

Under the new legislation, the power to appoint investigation observers in cases involving police officers that result in injury or death will be transferred to the PCC — already on the lookout for policing trends and patterns.

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