The AMC offers condolences to the First Nations citizens who have lost their lives in recent Winnipeg Police involved shootings and calls for an investigation by the Manitoba Police Commission
April 21, 2020
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Arlen Dumas offers condolences to the families and Nations of the First Nations citizens who have recently lost their lives due to recent shootings by Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) officers. The AMC also calls for an investigation by the Manitoba Police Commission into the structural causes of these violent incidents involving members of the WPS and First Nations citizens as a start to resolving the many unanswered questions and issues surrounding these incidents.
“On behalf of the entire Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, I offer sincere condolences and send a heartfelt tribute to the families and Nations of the three young people who have recently lost their lives due to WPS officer involved shootings,” said AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “Contrary to Danny Smyth, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Chief of Police, this loss of the lives of First Nations people by the WPS are not an ‘anomaly.’” Over the years, First Nations have been dehumanized, mistreated and have been killed through WPS officer involved shootings since before the J.J. Harper incident and the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (AJI) in 1991. The scales of justice for First Nations in Winnipeg continue to be broken and need to be fixed immediately.”