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Opinion: Police reforms necessary to protect lives of Indigenous women – Regina Leader-Post

by ahnationtalk on June 25, 202044 Views

Jun 25, 2020

Across Canada and around the world, people are broaching the subject of police reform as an aspirational goal — something to be attained, over time, with the prodding of an angry public and the enlightenment of politicians and high-ranking officers.

But for Indigenous women, it is an imperative.

A soul-wrenching vision has haunted me since the morning of June 5 when we learned that Chantel Moore, a 26-year-old Tla-o-qui-aht/Nuu-chah-nulth woman, had died the night before in Edmundston, N.B.

It is the vision of her slight and lifeless body lying on the floor of her apartment building surrounded by the police who killed her — police who had been dispatched to conduct a “wellness check.” Media reports say she was shot five times. They say she was armed with nothing but a knife.

Chantel died as protesters were marching in the streets of America to demand change after the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by police in Minneapolis.

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