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Cops and cameras: What are your rights?


Brad Firth, better known as ‘Caribou Legs,’ is running across Canada to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. An altercation with a police officer outside of Montreal has prompted discussion online after the police officer covered Firth’s camera. (supplied/Caribou Legs)

‘Caribou Legs’ was stopped from filming an RCMP officer outside Montreal

By Mark Rendell, CBC News, September 16, 2016

Two incidents in the past week involving cops, cameras and Northerners have raised the question: when are people allowed to film police at work?  Read the rest of this entry

Algonquin First Nation in Quebec gets money to improve its police force after violent start to 2016


Members of Lac Simon First Nation march April 8, 2016, after a third violent incident involving police. Photo: APTN National News.

by Tom Fennario, APTN National News, May 16, 2016

LAC SIMON, QUE — After three violent deaths involving police since February, the Algonquin First Nation of Lac Simon in Quebec will receive increased funding from the government of Quebec to improve its police force. Read the rest of this entry

Dozens of Aboriginal women pick up phone to complain about Quebec police abuse

Surete du Quebec cruiser 1First Nations paralegal service logged 44 calls since police abuse hotline was set up in April

By Catou MacKinnon, CBC News, May 12, 2016

It’s been just a month since Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux invited Aboriginal women across Quebec to call a new toll-free line if they’d been assaulted by police.

In that short time, 44 women have reached out.

Coiteux said the new line was an alternative to calling the Montreal police force, which is in charge of investigating allegations against eight Sûreté du Québec officers that surfaced last fall in a Radio-Canada Enquête report. Read the rest of this entry

Sûreté du Québec takeover of policing in Obedjiwan costs $100K weekly

SQ logo 1Atikamekw First Nation north of Roberval disbanded local force in dispute with province over policing costs

CBC News, April 12, 2016

The Sûreté du Québec has taken over duties from the local police force on the territory of the Atikamekw First Nation of Obedjiwan in the Mauricie region – at a cost of more than $100,000 per week.

The Obedjiwan council disbanded its police force, which employed 22 officers to patrol the reserve 200 kilometres west of Roberval, Que., on April 1, because of a dispute with the province over policing costs. Read the rest of this entry

Police shoot and kill man in Algonquin community of Lac Simon, Quebec

by Tom Fennario, APTN National News, April 7, 2016

LAC SIMON, QUE– A man was killed by police in the Algonquin community of Lac Simon Wednesday evening.

Lac Simon police responded to a call of a man brandishing a knife at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time.

A number of sources in the community say the man was Sandy Michel of Lac Simon. Read the rest of this entry

Kahnawake clarifies erroneous media reports of the SQ MYGALE raids

by Kahnawake TV, Youtube, March 31, 2016

In what it called the largest raid of its kind in America, Quebec provincial police carried out Operation MYGALE aimed at dismantling what they called a drug, tobacco and money laundering ring on Wednesday, March 30th that had roots in Quebec and reached as far as South America and Europe. Social media lit up when the SQ reported they had carried out searches and made arrests on the Territory… a statement which turned out to be hugely erroneous. We spoke with Chief Peacekeeper Dwayne Zacharie and Tobacco portfolio chief Gina Deer for details.


SQ targets contraband tobacco, money laundering in raids


Sûreté du Québec, RCMP and Canada Border Services agents carry boxes from a house in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, north of Montreal, March 30, 2016, as part of an operation against tobacco smuggling. Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

Massive operation involves drug trafficking, money laundering and contraband tobacco

By Kalina Laframboise, CBC News, March 30, 2016

The Sûreté du Québec have arrested 60 people and carried out 70 raids across Quebec as part of a massive police operation targeting contraband tobacco, drug trafficking and money laundering at an international level. Read the rest of this entry

Eight Quebec police officers suspended in wake of sexual-assault allegations

Surete du Quebec cruiser 1by Donald McKenzie, The Canadian Press/CTV News, October 23, 2015

MONTREAL — Eight Quebec provincial police officers have been suspended amid allegations of assault, sexual misconduct and other abuse against native women, Public Security Minister Lise Theriault said Friday.

Theriault also announced that the probe into the alleged incidents has been transferred to Montreal police amid criticism the provincial force was investigating its own. Read the rest of this entry

Quebec politicians, activists stunned by aboriginal women’s sex assault allegations

SQ logo 1Independent investigation demanded after native women in Val-d’Or allegedly abused at hands of police

CBC News, October 22, 2015

Politicians and First Nations activists in Quebec say they are shocked and are demanding a widespread investigation following allegations that provincial police abused and sexually assaulted aboriginal women in Val-d’Or.

“I think we must all, not only deplore, but strongly condemn these acts if they are indeed corroborated by the investigation,” said Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Read the rest of this entry

Residents of Quebec First Nation don’t want an outside police force any more

 An alleged incident of police brutality caught on tape affects residents

Norbert Mestenapeo, a 24 year old Innu assaulted by SQ.

Norbert Mestenapeo, a 24 year old Innu assaulted by SQ.

By Christopher Curtis, The Montreal Gazette, August 8, 2013

MONTREAL — For many of the non-aboriginal police officers who patrol Canada’s reserves, their first meaningful encounter with First Nations culture comes when they’re wearing a badge and a gun. Read the rest of this entry