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How one Mi’kmaq boy went from fearing police to shooting hoops with them – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 202027 Views

‘I didn’t even know how to be a mom to him in that moment’

Jul 10, 2020

In June, as riots and protests against police violence erupted across the world, 10-year-old Kingston Gallant watched with growing fear.

The Mi’kmaq boy, who lives in Summerside, P.E.I., was so consumed with fear that he might be hurt by a police officer because he is Indigenous that he refused to leave the house.

“I’m not going outside,” he told his mother.

“They’re going to hurt me because I’m Mi’kmaq.”

Gallant’s mother, Tara-Lynn Rioux, said when she realised the reason he wouldn’t play outside she was devastated.

“That broke my heart,” she told CBC News.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-summerside-police-indigenous-boy-friendship-1.5644003

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