Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs responds to threats of violence and hatred in northern Manitoba
July 31, 2018
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is responding to news that two suspects, a 32-year-old female from Flin Flon and a 25-year-old female from the nearby village of Denare Beach in Saskatchewan, have been arrested by the Flin Flon RCMP today for Uttering Threats and Public Incitement of Hatred. A third arrest is pending for the same charges.
“This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “These women were threatening to commit serious acts of violence against First Nations citizens in a public forum.”
“I’d like to commend the RCMP and the women’s places of employment that both moved quickly to respond to these allegations,” stated Grand Chief Dumas. “It’s important that businesses and organizations take a public stance to show solidarity with First Nations when we are targeted with threats of violence.”
“Public incitement of hatred is a serious offence,” said Grand Chief Dumas. “These women are alleged to have shared messages on social media calling for a ‘purge’ and a ‘shoot a Indian day’ (sic). It’s clear that the Flin Flon RCMP takes these threats seriously. These arrests help to send the message that spreading hate will not be tolerated in Manitoba.”
The AMC is the main political organization representing Chiefs from across Manitoba. It is involved in policy areas such as Child and Family Services, education, economic development, health, and many others. AMC represents 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba.