Williams Lake First Nation and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs are calling for a public inquiry into the RCMP’s response to a call for help from a First Nations man that ended up deceased.
They say Williams Lake RCMP responded to a distress call on Sunday, July 10th by the family of a Williams Lake First Nation member that feared he was contemplating self-harm.
In a release, Williams Lake First Nation and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs said the response by the RCMP ultimately resulted in the man’s death.
WLFN and UBCIC said they’re launching a call for a public inquiry into the RCMP’s response and the need for national reform to the RCMP’s discriminatory practices towards Indigenous peoples.
A release from RCMP on July 10th, 2022, said the Independent Investigations Office is now investigating the incident to determine whether police actions contributed to the man’s death.
As a result, police say no further information will be released.
A media press conference is scheduled for tomorrow, July 19th, at Williams Lake First Nation Office at 10 am where WLFN Chief Willie Sellars, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, UBCIC president, and a family delegate will speak.
-Files by Pat Matthews, My Cariboo Now