Lack of Indigenous investigators at Quebec's police watchdog makes agency hard to trust, says chief

Quebec's police watchdog, which is investigating the deaths of two First Nations people shot and killed by police in New Brunswick, has no Indigenous representation in its investigative unit that examines cases where civilians are seriously injured or killed in police operations.

The bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) is currently investigating the deaths of Chantel Moore and Rodney Levi, who were killed in separate incidents over a span of eight days.

Sylvie Boutin, a spokesperson for the organization, said the BEI is working on recruiting First Nations and Inuit investigators for greater representation.

"When the next call for candidates is issued, BEI will make sure that the publishing of this job offer will be widely spread throughout communities across Quebec," she said in an email to CBC News.

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