Six members of the Lake Babine Nation allege RCMP investigators’ “stereotypes and biased attitudes” resulted in a flawed investigation into abuse allegations at Immaculata Elementary School and Prince George College in northern B.C.
At the centre of the inquiry is a prominent figure who has held high-profile positions, including, at times, working closely with the RCMP. The allegations against him — that he abused children decades ago while teaching in Burns Lake and Prince George — have been widely publicized, going back more than a decade.
But The Tyee can’t name him. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal granted him a confidentiality order, concluding there was “real and substantial risk” that identifying him could cause undue hardship.
Over the last two years, as they waited for hearings to begin, three of six complainants and one witness have died.
The tribunal will decide, based on evidence presented, whether the RCMP discriminated when it investigated the historic abuses.
In This Series
Here’s why we can’t publish the name of the powerful figure at the centre of this inquiry into the RCMP’s handling of abuse allegations.
Indigenous day school survivors who died before they got a chance to testify were remembered as a human rights tribunal gets underway in Burns Lake.
At the northern BC school, Richard Perry endured abuse so severe his family pulled him out, a human rights tribunal heard.
Former Immaculata student Beverly Abraham says she was abused, and then retraumatized when she came forward to the RCMP.
Two people say they were contacted for the first time in a decade-old investigation, weeks before testifying at a human rights tribunal.
Repeatedly, witnesses were asked if they’d written their own affidavits. They kept saying they just wanted to be heard and believed.
Officers should have been aware of Indigenous people’s historical mistrust of the force, law professor David Milward told the tribunal.
Charlie Smith told a rights tribunal about the ‘media maelstrom’ after a bombshell report about historical abuse at two northern schools.
‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Cpl. Bill Larsen, then a rookie, said about asking sexual assault victim for a polygraph.
Officers conducting a ‘spinoff’ investigation into abuses at Immaculata Elementary School won’t appear at human rights hearings.
The lead investigator was in close contact with the lawyer for ‘AB,’ but didn’t collect a statement or request a polygraph.
A human rights inquiry about Burns Lake offers a rare glimpse into how police investigate their own.
As a tribunal considers victim services snafus and problems with RCMP sexual assault investigations, the province demands a say.
The province says it was only alerted by the RCMP to the ongoing hearings in July.
The BC First Nations Justice Council testified about culturally appropriate policing alternatives at a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearing.
First Nations groups want a provincial force and expanded Indigenous policing.