Saturday, June 13, 2020

The past week has been a difficult one of First Nations people living in New Brunswick. The shooting death of Chantel Moore was a window into the systemic racism that exists within our system of justice.

Last night in Metepenagiag, another member of a First Nations community died after a confrontation with police. Our hearts are heavy with grief.

We stand with our Mi’kmaq brothers and sisters in this time of grief and sorrow.

As we have said all week, we are not experiencing isolated incidents. This is just further proof that systemic discrimination is pervasive in this province.

We can’t wait for the results of narrow-scope investigations. We don’t need to prove that systemic discrimination exists; we know discrimination exists.

We need action now. We can not afford another tragic loss of life.

Today we walk across the region to heal and honour Chantel Moore, and now Rodney Levi, and all those that have fallen victim to injustice. We hold silent vigils for our fallen sister and brother and we pray for a better day.

Chief Ross Perley,
Neqotkuk (Tobique)

Chief Shelley Sabattis,
Welamukotuk (Oromocto)

Chief Alan Polchies Jr.,
Sitansisk (St. Mary’s)

Chief Patricia Bernard,
Matawaskiye (Madawaska)

Chief Gabriel Atwin,
Pilick (Kingsclear)

Chief Tim Paul,
Wotstak (Woodstock)

Media Contact: Gillian Paul, 506-461-1187, gillian.paul@wolastoqey.ca