Prince Rupert waterfront deaths should be probed more thoroughly, say First Nations groups – The Province

August 19, 2013

B.C. First Nations groups want light shone on a string of mysterious deaths along Prince Rupert’s waterfront.

“There’s a pattern, a disturbing pattern with respect to the death of young aboriginal people,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.

“The fundamental complaint is there is no appetite or willingness on the part of RCMP to engage the families in a meaningful way and conduct what one would consider to be a proper investigation,” said Phillip. “It’s not something that’s isolated.”

Phillip, along with representatives from the Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services Society and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, visited Prince Rupert in May to talk to the family of Justin Brooks.

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