AMC Grand Chief calls for a stop to acts of vandalism and online racism
February 26, 2020
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Arlen Dumas is calling for a stop to the acts of vandalism taking place around the City of Winnipeg, as well as the offensive and racist comments and remarks directed at people participating in solidarity actions in support of First Nations rights.
The AMC was informed this morning by the RCMP that a number of buildings were vandalized, including the constituency office of Minister Dan Vandal, the RCMP D Division Headquarters, and the Canadian Human Rights Museum. As well, the AMC was informed of various racist comments and threats being posted on media outlet websites and various social media sites after another rally was announced for Winnipeg today.
AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas says, “we strongly urge the people supporting the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation to protest peacefully and, if they are responsible, refrain from vandalizing public property. I understand the range of increased tensions from confrontations and arrests, to hostilities and racist empowerment and abuse directed to First Nations in mainstream media and over social media networks that may lead to people acting out in this way. But the onus is on us as First Nations people to continue to demonstrate in the ways of our ancestors and leaders before us. To push against the system in a way that is honourable and respectful. Desecrating the RCMP memorial that was erected in memory of Constable Dennis Strongquill, an Indigenous man who dedicated his life to protecting the people of Manitoba and making our communities safer is unacceptable. It is uncalled for to disgrace his memory and others in this fashion. ”