More indigenous women, victims of abuse by Sûreté du Québec, come forward

More indigenous women are coming forward, saying they were sexually and physically abused at the hands of Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada released a statement on Friday condemning all forms of violence against indigenous women, and said they are standing with the survivors who have come forward.

Last fall, eight SQ officers were put on administrative leave and an investigation launched into the Val D’or police force after several women brought their stories to the media.

SQ later admitted they’d received reports of the abuses since May of 2015 but had not launched an investigation.

President of the NWAC Dawn Lavall-Harvard said, “I am deeply concerned with the allegations coming out of Val D’Or, but not the least bit surprised. We know that violence has been inflicted on our women and girls at the hands of authorities both physically, sexually and institutionally for decades. I am hopeful that through shining light in these dark places, we will one day see justice. Violence against Indigenous woman and girls must stop.”

Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux has promised government intervention in the investigation.

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