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NEWS: Nunavut August 13, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Nunavut justice minister urges more support for police, more firearms safety

"We must work together to ensure the safety of our communities"


Nunavut’s justice minister Daniel Shewchuk says he’s “deeply disturbed by the recent gun-related violence towards RCMP members in Nunavut.”

“Acts of violence against those who are here to protect us are a matter of great concern,” Shewchuk said in an Aug. 13 statement. “These men and women risk their lives on a daily basis so that we can have safe communities.”

Shewchuk’s statement followed a period of slightly more than a week during which here three separate firearms incidents took place in Kimmirut, Igloolik and Hall Beach.

“We must work together to ensure the safety of our communities by supporting the well-being of our RCMP members. I urge all community members to take steps to make sure that firearms are properly stored, secured, and handled with care,” Shewchuk said.

The GN will be working with community members who want to take steps to stop these incidents from happening in the future, he stated.

“In the meantime, I encourage Nunavummiut to get to know RCMP members and support them in keeping our communities safe.”

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