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First Nations leaders ‘disappointed’ as N.B. premier resists push for systemic racism inquiry – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 202024 Views

Leaders unsuccessful again after premier suggested task force alternative in previous meeting

Jul 09, 2020

First Nation leaders met with the premier of New Brunswick Thursday to continue their push for a public inquiry into systemic discrimination against Indigenous people in the provincial justice system.

They left empty handed after their first meeting with Premier Blaine Higgs on June 17 following the police killings of Chantel Moore and Rodney Levi – as well as the April 2020 acquittal of a man charged in the hit and run death of Mi’kmaw youth Brady Francis.

Chiefs and representatives from Wolastoqey, Mi’kmaw and Passamaquoddy nations left again feeling disheartened and frustrated, according to one chief who was there.

“We’re very disappointed in the premier here in the province,” Chief Tim Paul of Woodstock First Nation told APTN News.

“The systems fail us every time, so it’s time for change. We had a chance to lead that change and again he’s not willing to take that step – so very disappointed in his not committing to an inquiry. Very, very disappointed.”

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