Nunavut's former fire marshal Tony Noakes is taking criminal action against his former Government of Nunavut employers.

Noakes is charging former deputy minister of Community and Government Services Kathleen Lausman and the current director of Protection Services Ed Zebedee with obstruction and interference.

Tony Noakes

Tony Noakes is charging former deputy minister of Community and Government Services Kathleen Lausman and the current director of Protection Services Ed Zebedee with obstruction and interference. (submitted)

In Canada private citizens have the right to initiate and conduct a prosecution in the justice system, termed "private prosecution." 

The criminal charges will be heard in court next month.

Noakes was fired in 2010, near the end of his one-year probation period. As fire marshal he had voiced concerns that the Baffin Correctional Centre was not following the fire code.

"People have to be assured that when people stand up to enforce their rights, and the obligations under the law to the residents, whatever jurisdiction you're in, that these people won't be terminated," he said.

Noakes reached an out-of-court settlement with the Nunavut government earlier this year after filing a civil claim alleging he was wrongfully terminated.

The Department of Community and Government Services would not comment on the matter before it goes to court.