Nunavut family suing RCMP for killing their son

Kunuk Qamaniq, 20, was shot and killed by an RCMP officer in March 2017. His family says the RCMP's failure to invest in recruiting Inuktut-speaking officers is partly to blame. (Submitted by Leah Qamaniq)

The family of a man killed by the RCMP say the Mounties' failure to invest in recruiting Inuktitut-speaking officers is partly to blame for their son's death.

Kunuk Qamaniq from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, was shot and killed by an RCMP officer in March 2017. He was 20 years old.

Earlier this month his family filed a lawsuit in the Nunavut Court of Justice, seeking unspecified damages in relation to the death. The lawsuit names the RCMP, the officer who shot Qamaniq, and two other officers who "participated in the encounter."

The jury in a November 2018 coroner's inquest ruled the death a homicide, not a death by suicide which a lawyer representing the RCMP had unsuccessfully argued.

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