An independent commission has issued 31 recommendations aimed at improving transparency and accountability of the RCMP in northern BC.
The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission says shoddy record keeping by the force makes it impossible to tell whether many missing-persons cases were properly investigated.
The commission adds it was “unable to substantiate” the belief of many Aboriginals in the region that the RCMP is biased against indigenous people.
Jason Galloway is the British Columbia Operations Manager for the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission.
He says they went through thousands of documents and talked to a number of communities in order to put the report together.
He notes RCMP policing in indigenous communities can be improved, and is calling for changes including better reporting, policies, supervision and training.
The commission will be traveling throughout Northern B.C. in the coming months to talk with First Nation communities first hand to hear about any concerns they may have.