Category Archives: State Security Forces

Nearly half of youth incarcerated across Canada are Indigenous: Statistics Canada

hi-bc-120604-prison-cellsby , Globe and Mail, June 24, 2018

Nearly half of all youth who end up in custody across Canada are Indigenous, a statistic that a Manitoba activist says shows unacceptable and systemic racism.

Data released by Statistics Canada shows Aboriginal youth made up 46 per cent of admissions to correctional services in 2016-17 while making up only eight per cent of the youth population. Read the rest of this entry

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B.C. premier ‘concerned’ over data showing VPD disproportionately stopped Indigenous people

Premier John Horgan says he’s concerned about data released by the Vancouver Police Department showing “carding” incidents disproportionately involved people who were Indigenous. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP ‘sloppy’ and ‘negligent’ in investigating Colten Boushie’s death, say independent experts

Colten Boushie‘The RCMP needs a lot more training,’ said Toronto-based investigator

By David Common, Chelsea Gomez, CBC News, March 6, 2018

Colten Boushie’s family wasn’t entirely surprised last month when a Saskatchewan jury acquitted Gerald Stanley of the murder of the young Cree man.

They had sensed holes in the RCMP investigation from the beginning.

“The RCMP did a botched-up job,” said Debbie Baptiste, Boushie’s mom. “They looked, and then they looked away.” Read the rest of this entry

Justice system report slams Alberta for hiding Indigenous incarceration rates

‘Neglect of duty’ found in review of Thunder Bay police investigation into death of Indigenous man

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Stacy DeBungee’s body was found in the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay on Oct. 19, 2015. (CBC)

First Nations chiefs are calling for the resignation of police chief after oversight body finds ‘deficiencies’

Federal officials discussed raising alert level to highest level during Idle No More, book says

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Colonial terrorism: RCMP Tactical Armoured Vehicle lurks in the background behind “Tactical Troop” riot cops near Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, Oct 17, 2013.

Indigenous Affairs played central information sharing role with security services, according to new report

By Jorge Barrera, CBC News, March 1, 2018

Senior federal officials discussed raising the country’s alert level to the highest tier at the height of the Idle No More movement, which also shaped how Canada’s security agencies handle Indigenous-led protests, according to a new book. Read the rest of this entry

Mom of Indigenous man shot dead by police: ‘What did he do that was so bad?’

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The family of Joey Knapaysweet released this photo and a statement Thursday about his recent death. Above he is seen with his mother Micheline Knapaysweet taken just before his death.

by APTN National News, Feb 16, 2018
TORONTO – The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesn’t understand why her son died. Read the rest of this entry

Emergency measures, military support: Documents reveal heightened concern about Muskrat Falls security

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The last of seven transformers for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project rolls through at the gate in late August 2017. (Jacob Barker/CBC)

Military provided lodging, meals as police mobilized in the face of more Muskrat Falls-related protests

By Terry Roberts, CBC News, Feb 1, 2018

The Canadian military quietly assisted during a large deployment of police officers to Labrador in 2017 amid fears of more protests about the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. Read the rest of this entry

More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protests

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Costs for policing the #NoDAPL protests reached $35 million.

CBS News, Dec 16, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, state invoices show. Read the rest of this entry

An Activist Stands Accused of Firing a Gun at Standing Rock. It Belonged to Her Lover — an FBI Informant.

DAPL red fawn bwby Will Parrish, The Intercept, December 11, 2017

As law enforcement officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipeline’s path, two sheriff’s deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her. Read the rest of this entry