After 136 years of police violence, Gitxsan leaders want an overhaul of the RCMP

By Amy Romer  Local Journalism Initiative  07/06/2024  Content warning: This story details police violence towards Indigenous people. Please look after your spirit and read with care. In 1888, a police constable shot and killed a high-ranking Gitanyow chief during an attempted arrest. The act, which was never resolved through Gitxsan law, or justified in a colonial court, has permanently altered relations between the Gitxsan, the RCMP and the province. More than 130 years later, the same problem continues to leave a stain on First Nations in northwestern “B.C.” and across “Canada,” as the communities of Dale Culver, Jared Lowdnes and others demand justice for the police involvement in their loved one’s deaths. The Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs have released a list of calls to action, including demanding a full public inquiry…

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