George Floyd was killed while being arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sparking rallies and protests around the world. More recently in Canada, Chantel Moore, a Tla-o-qui-aht woman was shot to death during a wellness check by a police officer in Edmunston, N.B., and Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating after Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam says he was beaten by RCMP.
This is raising questions about racial profiling, racism, and police violence particularly against Indigenous and Black people in Canada.
Indigenous Service Minister Marc Miller addressed this in a recent press conference,
“Canada needs a reckoning because there is a pattern of police violence against First Nations, Metis and Inuit people that continues to repeat itself,” he says.
“Frankly along with many Canadians, Indigenous Peoples living in Canada, politicians in Canada, I’m pissed, I’m outraged. There needs to be a full accounting of what has gone on. This is a pattern that keeps repeating itself.”
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