Northern Quebec police force’s only female Inuit officer beating the odds –

by pmnationtalk on November 20, 201768 Views

November 19, 2017

Although she’s only 22, Constable Pamela Stevenson is undoubtedly one of her northern Quebec police force’s most coveted new recruits.

When she joined last month straight after graduation, Stevenson became one of three Inuit officers on the 70-person Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF), whose vast territory includes everything in Quebec that lies north of the 55th parallel.

Of the three, Stevenson is the only woman.

To get to where she is, Stevenson overcame a number of challenges, including moving 1,400 kilometres away from her home in Kuujjuaq to earn her police technology degree and later attend c in Drummondville, Que.

The move meant getting used to living alone — a rarity in the north — and living in a community where few people speak English or Inuktitut.

“There was other First Nations in my class but I was the only Inuit,” she said in a phone interview.

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