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Saskatchewan Indigenous leader concerned about fatal shooting of man by RCMP


The Canadian Press
SASKATOON _ The head of an organization representing Saskatchewan First Nations is expressing concern following the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man by RCMP.

Brydon Whitstone of the Onion Lake Cree Nation died after being shot on Saturday in North Battleford, Sask.

Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says he’s been getting calls and messages questioning the details around the 22-year-old man’s death.

Cameron says the shooting furthers the mistrust First Nations people have toward the justice system, and he adds there is also a lack of trust in the independent investigation that has been called.

RCMP said in a media release after the shooting that they had pursued a vehicle following reports of a man being chased and shot at.

The police chase ended shortly after the suspect rammed a cruiser and officers opened fire.

Cameron says he is left wondering what specifically led police to shoot Whitmore.

“The comments about ‘in response to the driver’s actions to the officers,’ what does that mean?” Cameron asked on a CKOM radio talk show on Monday.

He said he is worried that RCMP may have been too quick to use lethal force.

“Does damage to a vehicle warrant to kill someone on sight?”

RCMP have turned over the investigation to the Regina Police Service. The review is to be overseen by the provincial Justice Ministry.

Cameron said the FSIN has long wanted to see First Nations represented at such investigations.

“The majority of people that are incarcerated are First Nations people. Wouldn’t it make sense to have one of our own First Nations legal experts involved in all these processes?” he asked.

Cameron suggested involving First Nations people would be a step toward rebuilding trust in the justice system.


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4 Responses to “Saskatchewan Indigenous leader concerned about fatal shooting of man by RCMP”

    Rebecca October 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    Genocide, alive and well here in Canada. Being a woman of native decent this doesn’t surprise me one bit. It’s all part of the bigger problem, the continuous genocide that has seen no end. Systematic removal and incarceration of natives. Children being abused sexually physically and murdered in care. The blatant racism by by government bodies and officials on all levels.
    It’s time to hold all of them accountable.
    The police, the child care system, even government bodies, mayors offices, premieres and federal governments.
    This so called reconciliation is a smoke screen for nonnative communities to feel like something is being done when in actuality it has gotten worse. Racist remarks from premieres the refusal of Carolyn Bennet’s removal, the list is endless.

      Jo October 25, 2017 at 12:42 am #

      The people that should be held accountable are the people doing the crime. Time for people to.take responsibility for there choices. This guy was driving around North Battleford shooting a gun, then shooting at police and ramming their vehicle. No racism involved the sane would have happenned if it was a Spanish, Asian, white people. Give your head a shake. Why dont you join the RCMP and deal with these thugs??? He was a known gang nember. Tired of the racism card used all the time. Stop blaming other people for there bad choices.

        Khf October 26, 2017 at 1:40 am #

        Did you know it is against international law to remove an indigenous person or people from their property in which all of Canada is indeed Indigenous property yet everyday this violation takes place against Indigenous people.

    rosalind cald October 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    I just don’t see the rationale behind any reason for deadly use of a weapon,to shoot and kill because of a vehicle,that just shows there reasoning materials over life. So foreign over cultural values. So sad for the family