Jury Makes 28 Recommendations In Lena Anderson Inquest
On November 10, 2016 the jury on the Lena Anderson Inquest made 28 recommendations. Lawyers Julian Falconer and Asha James serve as counsel to the NAPS Chief of Police and the NAPS Board.
One of the recommendations made by the jury, was that Canada, Ontario, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”) ensure that policing standards and service levels in First Nations communities are identical to those in non-First Nations communities in Ontario; and that NAPS should be governed by the Police Services Act.
This recommendation flowed from the evidence of NAPS Chief of Police Terry Armstrong and NAPS Board Chair, Mike Metatawabin who testified that First Nations communities in Ontario were receiving a lower standard of policing than non-First Nation communities, because they did not receive the adequacy standards set out for policing guaranteed by the Police Services Act.
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Jury makes 28 recommendations in Lena Anderson inquest CBC, November 11, 2016
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Did Canada’s failure to fix policing problems in the North lead to the death Lena Anderson National News, November 16, 2016