OPP, IIU TO IN­VES­TI­GATE AL­LEGED AS­SAULTS TIED TO MAN­I­TOBA HY­DRO PROJECTS

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WIN­NIPEG Man­i­toba RCMP have called in out­side in­ves­ti­ga­tors to probe his­tor­i­cal al­leged as­saults linked to hy­dro projects in the prov­ince’s north, but First Na­tions lead­ers say the govern­ment should still com­mit to an in­quiry.

A re­port re­leased last month by the prov­ince’s Clean En­vi­ron­ment Com­mis­sion – an arm’s-length re­view agency – out­lined discrimination and sex­ual abuse at the Crown util­ity’s work sites in the 1960s and 70s. The re­port said the ar­rival of a largely male con­struc­tion work force led to the sex­ual abuse of In­dige­nous women and some al­leged their com­plaints to RCMP were ig­nored.

The In­de­pen­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit (IIU) of Man­i­toba, the prov­ince’s po­lice watch­dog, said on Fri­day it will in­ves­ti­gate any al­le­ga­tions involving RCMP of­fi­cers.

Any his­tor­i­cal crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions involving hy­dro em­ploy­ees or con­trac­tors will be han­dled by the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice. Man­i­toba RCMP said the OPP’s in­volve­ment is nec­es­sary be­cause there were al­le­ga­tions where both the Crown’s em­ploy­ees and RCMP of­fi­cers may have been present.

“De­ter­min­ing the scope of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the re­spec­tive in­ves­tiga­tive agen­cies,” Man­i­toba RCMP said in a re­lease.

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