Margorie Hudson, an Ex-officer, is suing RCMP for alleged systemic racism she experienced at the workforce. The complainant said in an interview at CTV News that working as an indigenous woman denied her some opportunities compared to her white colleagues.
Hudson said she worked on reserves mostly and people would just say racists’ things in front of her. She alleges that numerous complaints voiced to RCMP management were never investigated or were completely ignored. She was even labelled as a troublemaker because of speaking out; she developed psychological trauma, and she decided to quit in 2009.
Hudson has filed complaints in the Federal Court seeking justice for what she went through. The complainant is the lead plaintiff in the proposed class-action lawsuit. In the 16-page lawsuit, the complainant alleges that she was sent to do “countless dangerous jobs by herself with no backup, in situations where non-racialized RCMP members were not sent alone.”
On another occasion, she said she saw a corporal throw a large, metal flashlight at an Indigenous man. The flashlight was so heavy that Hudson feared the man would die, but fortunately, the corporal missed. “And then he said, ‘Oh I missed that f***ing Indian,'” she recalled.
It’s now 11 years since Hudson quit her job and those experiences are still fresh in her mind. She said she wants to speak out for those people who go through discrimination but can’t speak for themselves. Her lawyer, David Klein, said his firm had been contacted by dozens of current and former members of the RCMP who had expressed similar instances of discrimination. Klein further said they had a lot of people who had suicidal ideation, who suffered from PTSD. In a statement, the RCMP said it cannot speak directly to allegations that are now before the courts. Besides, the force said there was no room for racism or any other kind of discrimination in the RCMP.