The chiefs of a coalition of Maliseet First Nations are calling for an unbiased probe of the New Brunswick justice system after a deadly police capturing of a 26-year-old Indigenous girl from British Columbia.
The chiefs of the Wolastoqey First Nation in New Brunswick issued a joint assertion on Friday in response to the demise of Chantel Moore, expressing their condolences to Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation in B.C. to which Moore belonged.
Police have stated Moore was shot as Edmundston, N.B., officers responded to a “wellness” name within the northwestern New Brunswick group. They’ve alleged she was making threats and holding a knife.
The chiefs’ letter says they plan to formally request that Premier Blaine Higgs’s Conservative minority authorities create a committee to evaluation the justice system in New Brunswick in gentle of the demise.
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They’re looking for suggestions on how the province can create change “to permit for a system freed from systemic discrimination and that now not fails to serve the Indigenous individuals of this province.”
It’s signed by the chiefs of communities alongside the Saint John River Valley, together with Tobique, St. Mary’s, Madawaska, Oromocto, Kingsclear and Woodstock First Nations.