Friday, January 29, 2021Content Warning: Anti-Indigenous Racism, Police Violence
On April 8, 2020 Winnipeg Police shot and killed a 16-year-old Indigenous teen, Eishia Hudson. Eishia was a child who had the rest of her life taken away from her, and her family lost a daughter, a sister, and an aunt. The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) of Manitoba released their report yesterday, like reports released by many police oversight bodies it once again provided no justice for the families of murdered Indigenous people of all ages.
Chantel Moore, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Jason Collins, Stewart Andrews and Rodney Levi were also Indigenous people known to have been killed by police over the past year. Since 2017, Indigenous people are more than 10 times more likely to be killed by police than a white person in Canada, amongst many other stats that show the embedded anti-Indigenous racism in our system.
We need immediate action on detasking the police. We need action on reconciliation. We need action on justice for families of Indigenous people who have been killed and systemic change so tragedies like this do not happen again.