August 09, 2018
“We have to understand each other and co-exist”
The release of an injured Inuk woman from Montreal police’s custody has prompted at least one official complaint and a series of sensitivity training sessions that will be delivered to the force this fall.
Mina Aculiak of Umiujaq was recovering in a Montreal rehabilitation centre from serious injuries last month when she was picked up outside the facility on July 27 after having consumed alcohol.
The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) said they kept the 48-year-old woman in custody until she sobered up, and then released her around midnight with a bus ticket.
But Aculiak did not return to the centre; she went missing, although police only issued a missing person’s notice five days later.