UN Rebukes Canada for the 3rd Time Over Indigenous Policing

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has rebuked Canada for the third time over police intimidations against the Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en peoples. 

In a letter dated April 29, CERD accused the government of Canada and British Columbia of forcibly evicting the Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en Nations from their traditional lands through escalated “use of force, surveillance, and criminalization of land defenders.”

CERD said it had received reports of surveillance and intimidation toward the Tiny House Warrior, a group of Secwepemc women. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) also allegedly evicted and detained the Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en peaceful land defenders violently.

CERD has been demanding the Canadian government to stop the construction of the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipelines. In 2019, leaders and supporters of the indigenous communities blocked the passages to the Coastal GasLink pipeline worksites, leading the police to act in force.

In 2019 and 2020, the committee appealed to the government to stop using force against the Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en Nations. 

CERD expressed its disappointment over the unresponsiveness of the government toward the call.

“The Committee profoundly regrets and is concerned that despite its call to the State party, the information received points rather to an increased [violence] against Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en peoples,” CERD wrote.

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