Category Archives: State Security Forces

Criminalization of Indigenous Communities

RCMP cougar attack 1Voices-Voix, August 1, 2017

In January 2017, Public Safety Canada (PS) disclosed that the Government Operations Centre (GOC) gathers information on Indigenous rallies for the purpose of “maintaining awareness” of events that may impact the safety and security of Canadians and events effecting the national interest. According to PS, the information gathered consisted generally of the date, location and purpose of the protests and rallies, including in relation to missing and murdered Indigenous women. Natural Resources Canada also reported that they monitor publicly available information such as Twitter, Facebook and media reports regarding protest activities that may impact the department, its employees or facilities. Read the rest of this entry

Injunctions, RCMP deployment “classic pacification”: Professor

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RCMP protect equipment brought in for construction at Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, July 2017.

By Justin Brake, The Independent, August 3, 2017

Nalcor’s use of court injunctions and the government’s approval of RCMP deployment to quell resistance to Muskrat Falls are common tactics used to remove Indigenous people from their lands and facilitate resource development, says Shiri Pasternak. Read the rest of this entry

Death of First Nations man handcuffed and stepped on by police was accidental, inquest says

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Romeo Wesley, 34, was held by police on the floor of the nursing station at Cat Lake First Nation, about 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont. in 2010. He died there. (Cat Lake First Nation)

Nurse in northern community called police in 2010, concerned about Romeo Wesley’s erratic behaviour

By Jody Porter, CBC News, July 26, 2017

The death of an Ontario First Nations man who was pepper sprayed, beaten, handcuffed and stepped on by two police officers was accidental, a coroner’s inquest has determined. Read the rest of this entry

Junior Canadian Rangers attend advanced training camp in northern Ontario

CF rangers junior riflesby David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, July 19, 2017

Camp Loon, the annual Junior Canadian Ranger advanced training camp, has begun, with a opening ceremony featuring a demonstration of Indigenous dancing by a Canadian Ranger. Read the rest of this entry

Grenade launcher goes missing after falling out of police vehicle on Golden Ears Bridge: RCMP

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The RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 40MM Abrams Airborne Mfg Inc. Less Lethal Multi-Launcher.

, Global News, July 24, 2017

An unusual search is underway after a non-lethal grenade launcher fell off the back of a police vehicle near B.C.’s Golden Ears Bridge.

A 40mm Abrams airborne multi-launcher and a large case containing ammunition went missing Sunday before 7:30 a.m. Read the rest of this entry

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit investigating death of First Nations man in Thunder Bay police jail

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50-year-old Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay died in a Thunder Bay police cell Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the family

APTN National news, July 20, 2017

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the death Marlon “Roland” Jerry McKay, 50, who was being held in a Thunder Bay jail cell Wednesday night.

The family has confirmed that McKay, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, was in the city for medical reasons. Read the rest of this entry

Australia: Indigenous man dies in custody after unexplained head injury, says family

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Eric James Whittaker died in Westmead hospital in unexplained circumstances. (Facebook)

By Robert Burton-Bradley, NITV, July 18, 2017

The family of a Kamilaroi man who died in custody earlier this month from unexplained head injuries sustained while in a NSW prison is calling for an explanation from authorities. Read the rest of this entry

Two Ontario police officers charged in death of Oneida Nation of the Thames woman

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Debra Chrisjohn, 39, was a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames

by Mark Blackburn, APTN National News, July 13, 2017

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has charged two police officers with the death of Debra Chrisjohn, 39, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. Read the rest of this entry

Shirtless police officer steps on handcuffed man’s back, doctor watches at First Nation nursing station

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Still image from video shows police standing on Romeo Wesley’s back as he lays handcuffed on the floor.

Coroner’s inquest examines how Romeo Wesley, 34, died after being restrained at Cat Lake nursing station

By Jody Porter, CBC News, July 10, 2017

Police officers pepper-sprayed Romeo Wesley, subdued him with a baton, handcuffed him, then stepped on his back and neck with their boots on the night the 34-year-old died at the Health Canada nursing station in Cat Lake First Nation. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous women nearly 10 times more likely to be street checked by Edmonton police, new data shows

118_Beats_054Figures obtained by freedom of information request confirm black people also targeted disproportionately

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News June 27, 2017

Critics are calling for an Alberta-wide ban on street checks as a CBC News investigation reveals Edmonton police have been disproportionately stopping, questioning and documenting Aboriginal and black people in non-criminal encounters. Read the rest of this entry