Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and the AMC call for immediate justice reform in northern Manitoba
November 15, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
Treaty 1 Territory, Manitoba – Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) are supporting Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Chris Martin’s call for an independent, comprehensive review of the judicial system. This comes following Martin’s ruling that found two people from northern First Nations had their Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms civil rights violated due to an unnecessary wait period before they could apply for bail.
In a recent meeting with the Supreme Court of Canada and Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justices, Grand Chief Arlen Dumas cited the ‘lack of coordinated communication’ between the RCMP, probation services and the court system as some of the issues that need to be resolved. “We’ve taken a proactive approach,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “There are many concerns that need to be addressed, but having an open dialogue means we’re able to continue working on the problems together.”