Saskatchewan Police May Finally Open Their Records to the Public
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Saskatchewan Police May Finally Open Their Records to the Public

Soon, reporters and the pubic may be able to request police records in Saskatchewan, according to proposed changes [PDF] to the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) legislation. Right now Saskatchewan police are not subject to FOIP, which is what led to reporters collecting data on racial profiling themselves instead of relying on police records.

The proposed change comes less than a year after a collaborative investigation by Maclean’s associate editor Nancy Macdonald and a team of reporters and data journalists at Discourse Media, which brought attention to a lack of racial data about policing. While conducting the months-long investigation, which showed massive overrepresentation of Indigenous people in Canada’s prisons and provided evidence of racial profiling of Indigenous people by police, the Saskatchewan police refused to release racial data because they weren’t subject to FOIP legislation.

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