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It has to stop’: Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples on deaths of Indigenous folks in police custody – CTV News

Feb. 2, 2023

The over-representation of Indigenous people in Canada’s justice system and the number of deaths of Indigenous people at the hands of police has the vice-chief of national Indigenous organization up in arms.

“85 percent of all inmates in provincial custody from Ontario west are Indigenous,” Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) national vice-Chief Kim Beaudin said. “It feels at times like Indigenous people are being targeted by police. We call Saskatchewan `the Alabama of the north,’ and the authorities here haven’t given us any reason to conclude otherwise.

“Systemic racism, discrimination and prejudice among police forces is not just an American problem,” Beaudin said.“The cases of Pacey Dumas (Edmonton), Chris Amyotte (Vancouver), William Favel (Saskatoon), and Chantel Moore (Edmundston) are just a few examples of police brutality and death here in Canada.”

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, Indigenous people were twice more likely than non-Indigenous people to have little or no confidence in their local police service, Beaudin said.

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