Nunavik’s regional government defends treatment of sexually-assaulted cop
"Care has been taken to ensure that Ms. Robinson is treated fairly"
The Kativik Regional Government issued a statement Nov. 13 saying that the Kativik Regional Police officer, Denise Robinson, who was sexually assaulted by a fellow police officer in 2010, “has been offered the same level of support that is always provided by the Kativik Regional Police Force to its officers, in compliance with the collective agreement in effect.”
Robinson, who has filed a grievance with her union, says she has not worked or received any pay or benefits from the KRPF or the KRG since reporting the sexual assault in 2010.
“All I have asked for is that they help me with the medical bills and top up my pay so that I am not at a loss. If they had just offered that — I would have walked away and been able to start again fresh. But instead they have abandoned me,” she said.
The KRG statement acknowledges that in February 2010, “Denise Robinson, an officer of the Kativik Regional Police Force in Kuujjuaq, Northern Québec, was sexually assaulted by another officer. Joe Willie Saunders was convicted and sentenced for this crime in August 2012.”
“Since February 2010, Ms. Robinson has been offered the same level of support that is always provided by the Kativik Regional Police Force to its officers, in compliance with the collective agreement in effect,” the statement said.
“Care has been taken to ensure that Ms. Robinson is treated fairly. Ms. Robinson is still a member of the Kativik Regional Police Force, but has remained on leave since the assault,” the KRG said.
“Mr. Saunders was dealt with according to the law, and the Kativik Regional Police Force’s collective agreement with its police officers and its code of discipline at all times from February 2010 until his conviction in August 2012. Mr. Saunders is no longer a member of the Kativik Regional Police Force.”
In an interview last week, Robinson told Nunatsiaq News that: “It is fair to say that as a result of my experience in the North and this trauma, my career as a police officer is not likely to continue. I have accepted this. I must now re-train and find a new career.”
Also last week, KRG spokesperson Caroline D’Astous said Robinson technically remains an employee who “has not submitted information indicating that she is fit to return to work.”