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Oil, anti-Indigenous biases and the conduct of officers of the court – National Observer

June 2nd 2022

Last month, Canada’s justice minister and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged new steps to address systemic over-incarceration of Indigenous people and related systemic biases. In British Columbia, the attorney general has also promised efforts toward similar reforms.

Yet, in B.C., on lands of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Musqueam and Secwepemc peoples — lands never surrendered to any Canadian government — court proceedings related to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) continue to showcase what many observers recognize as overzealous, abusive prosecutions of Indigenous people and spectacles of colonial violence and systemic racism. Though they are often kept hidden from public view in small courtrooms.

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