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Biased policing a reality for Indigenous people, critic says – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on March 13, 201813 Views

March 13, 2018

While the RCMP’s handling of Colten Boushie’s death in Saskatchewan is perhaps the country’s most high-profile case of alleged police bias against Indigenous people, it’s a reality experienced in First Nations communities across B.C., says the co-chairman of the B.C. Aboriginal Justice Council.

That’s why the provincial government’s announcement Monday that it’s seeking public input on how to stop biased policing is a source of frustration for Doug White, who, before leading the council, was chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo.

Rather than seeking public comment, White wants to see action. “We know what the problem is, what we need now is to take steps to change that reality.”

The B.C. Ministry of Public Safety said public input will “shape new provincial policing standards that will promote unbiased policing.” It’s a response to recommendations from the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, published in 2012 with the goal of fixing a police system that allowed serial killer Robert Pickton to hunt women at Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and kill them at his farm in Coquitlam.

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