Sioux Lookout protest sparked by Indigenous teen’s arrest seeks to draw mistreatment of First Nations to the fore – The Globe and Mail

Sioux Lookout protest sparked by Indigenous teen’s arrest seeks to draw mistreatment of First Nations to the fore – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on May 2, 2019414 Views

May 02, 2019

A protest against the forceful arrest of a 16-year-old girl in Sioux Lookout is aiming to draw attention to the mistreatment of First Nations youth by authorities in Northwestern Ontario, a region plagued in recent years by the death of Indigenous children in care and allegations of systemic racism by police.

On Wednesday, a small group of students and activists converged on the site of last week’s arrest, captured in a viral video that shows an Ontario Provincial Police officer pushing an Indigenous teen to the ground, apparently knocking her unconscious.

The protesters called for an end to police violence.

“I came out because all my friends have been through something like this and it needs to end,” said Jericho Anderson, a local high-school student originally from Kasabonika Lake First Nation.

Read More: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-sioux-lookout-protest-sparked-by-indigenous-teens-arrest-seeks-to/

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