Quebec inquiry revisits ombudsman report on justice in Nunavik

Ombudsman’s office says some things have improved but more work to do.

Terrible detention conditions.

Little cultural or language services.

Thousands of kilometres of travel for a trial that could last well over a year.

These were just some of the things outlined in the Quebec ombudsman’s report on justice in Nunavik.

Two years later, representatives from the ombudsman’s office testified about what progress has been made.

And what still needs to be done.

“Nothing is perfect, but at least the government (has) moved on certain aspects,” said Robin Aubut-Frechette.

Aubut-Frechette said more chartered flights have sped up trials.

Increased funding has led to better support services.

But overcrowding remains an issue like the one in Puvirnituq where there have been reports of crowded cells and unsanitary conditions.

Construction on new holdings cells is expected to begin next year.

“I understand that there’s a certain delay, but they need to act fast,” Aubut-Frechette testified.

Producer Nouvelles Nationales d'APTN / Montreal

Born and raised in Montreal, Tom cut his teeth working in community television in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory before joining APTN as a cameraman/editor in 2008. In 2015 he was promoted to Video Journalist. Since 2019 Tom has been a producer for the French weekly newscast Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN.

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