A timeline of the investigation into Jimmy Sivuak Eliyassialuk’s death


April 28, 2017- Jimmy Sivuak Eliyassialuk dies in police custody in Puvirnituq, QC.

April 29, 2017- Quebec’s police watchdog, Le Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) begins investigations.

Sept. 4 2018- BEI director Madeleine Giauque writes the Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) Chief Jean-Pierre Larose to tell him that KRPF officers breached two regulations regarding the investigation into Sivuak’s death.

Sept. 14, 2018- The BEI gives their report to the Coroner’s office and to Quebec prosecutors.

Nov. 22 , 2018- Kativik Regional Police Chief Jean-Pierre Larose is questioned at the Viens commission regarding problems with guards in Nunavik jails.

March 14, 2019-Quebec prosecutors decide not to press charges against Kativik Regional Police Foce officers re: Sivuak’s death.

March 14, 2019- Contrary to Giauque’s letter, BEI puts out a press release stating the obligations of the KRPF regarding the investigation were met.

March 15, 2019- Steeve Poisson, coroner in charge of Sivuak’s report, is notified that prosecutors have decided not press charges.

March 16, 2019-APTN News inquiries about when Sivuak’s coroner report will be made public.

May 10, 2019- Sivuak’s mother Louisa requests from the coroner the BEI, autopsy, and toxicology reports.

May 20, 2019- Emails show there appears to be confusion between coroner staff about whether the BEI report has been submitted  and Quebec prosecutors’ decision has been made.

Feb. 26, 2020- Coroner Steeve Poisson realizes there’s been a miscommunication regarding Sivuak’s coroner report. Quality control tells him they’ll get back to him about it.

June 9, 2020- APTN News files an access to information request for Sivuak’s coroner report and communication regarding the treatment of his case.

June 10, 2020- The coroner report is signed and dated by Steeve Poisson.

Aug. 12, 2020- Sivuak’s mother Louisa is refused her request for the BEI, autopsy, and toxicology reports by the coroner in a letter written in French.

Aug. 28, 2020- A man dies in KRPF custody in Nunavik, this time in Inukjuak. Authorities have not released the man’s identity.