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The class action against the RCMP in the Grand North will move forward

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The Supreme Court of Canada, in Ottawa.

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The Supreme Court of Canada has issued a decision on Friday, paving the way for a class action against the federal government for the behavior of members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police towards Indigenous people in the territories of Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

This decision from the Supreme Court of Canada rejects the Attorney General of Canada's request to appeal the class action.

Joe Nasogaluak of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, initiated the lawsuit.

Joe Nasogaluak claims he was assaulted by two RCMP members in 2017, when he was 15. The officers also allegedly uttered racial slurs towards him.

Court documents allege that Indigenous people in the territories are regularly assaulted by RCMP officers in because of their ethnic origins, and that the defendant, His Majesty the King, has always turned a blind eye.

Still according to these documents, the RCMP is responsible for the epidemic police assaults taking place in the territories and that the defendant has been systematically negligent in the financing, surveillance, operations, supervision, control and support towards the detachments and members of the RCMP.

The class action lawsuit seeks $500 million in damages and $100 million in punitive damages from the federal government.< /p>

Federal Court Justice Glenny McVeigh authorized the class action in June 2021. The Federal Court of Appeal upheld this decision in May 2022, with some modifications to the scope of the class action.

With information from April Hudson

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