‘Rage’ at rally after protesters are allegedly hit by truck – BC News

UPDATE: 7:55 PM

The head of an indigenous group says members met with the RCMP in Chilliwack to discuss how police plan to proceed after a pickup truck driver allegedly hit four people who were taking part in a memorial march.

Garett Dan, captain of the British Columbia branch of the Crazy Indians Brotherhood, says the meeting at the Cheam First Nation band’s office lasted about four hours and at one point “got out of control” when everyone gathered in a circle. sat down.

Dan says there was anger over the alleged actions of a 77-year-old man who turned himself in on Monday, two days after some members of the group were allegedly hit while marching along a highway to draw attention to survivors of residential schools.

He says Andrew Victor, chief of the Cheam First Nation, initiated the meeting where eight members of the fraternity met with four RCMP officers, including an inspector and sergeant, from both the Chilliwack and Mission detachments.

Dan says Indigenous members were concerned that the suspect was not in custody because they did not believe they would be treated the same.

The RCMP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dan says the Mounties said an investigation was underway to determine whether charges would be brought against the man who turned himself in after the incident.

Police said in an earlier press release that two of the four protesters who were beaten suffered minor injuries.

The RCMP originally described the man in a press release as an “impatient driver” who was unable to pass protesters in the only eastbound lane of Lougheed Highway, near the former St. Mary’s residential facility for Indigenous children.

Dan helped organize the weekend memorial march in Mission, and he said the driver urged the protesters on before the walk even started.

“We never stopped traffic, we slowed it down,” he said, adding that the driver told people to stop the march and get off the road, “that sort of thing.”

Dan says the march to the former institute was emotional, as participants ordered a radar that penetrated the ground to search the site for possible unmarked graves of children who did not survive their forced visit to St. Mary’s.

Despite this, Dan says a man in a pickup truck told protesters to get over residential schools.

“Our people went through a lot of trauma and abuse in high school and it’s not like they can just ignore that,” Dan said.

“It’s exactly like telling a vet to win the war.”


ORIGINAL: 9:55 AM

Indigenous leaders met with RCMP in Chilliwack to discuss how police plan to proceed after a pickup truck driver allegedly hit four members of a memorial march on Saturday.

Garett Dan, captain of the British Columbia branch of the Crazy Indians Brotherhood, says leaders from several Fraser Valley First Nations will be involved in the meeting.

Dan helped organize the weekend memorial march in Mission to draw attention to the issue of residential schools and says a man had instigated the protesters before the march started.

A Mission RCMP press release said four people were hit by what police initially called an “impatient driver” who was unable to pass protesters in the only eastbound lane of Lougheed Highway, near St. Mary’s former residential school.

Two of the protesters suffered minor injuries, while RCMP said Monday a 77-year-old man came forward and his truck was seized for examination, but he was not in custody.

Dan says the Mounties have said it will take time to conduct an investigation and have given no indication that a charge is pending.

“They hold his truck more accountable than he does. They kept his truck, but they let him go home,” Dan said.

The march to the former residential school was emotional, Dan said, as participants requested ground radar to search the site for possible unmarked graves of children who did not survive their forced visit to St. Mary’s Institution.

Despite that, Dan said a man in a pickup truck told protesters to get over residential schools.

“Our people went through a lot of trauma and abuse in high school and it’s not like they can just ignore that,” Dan said.

“It’s exactly like telling a vet to win the war.”

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