Statement from the Wolastoqey Chiefs on the death of Chantel Moore

The Chiefs of the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick have issued the following statement in response to the death of Chantel Moore:

We express our feelings of condolence, sympathy and solidarity with the family of Chantel Moore, as well as Tla-o-qui-aht and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Moore, an Indigenous woman, was living in the traditional and unceded territory of the Wolastoqey people near the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation when she was shot and killed by police on Thursday, June 4.

Canada has a long and tragic history of violence and unequal legal treatment towards Indigenous people, and particularly towards Indigenous women and girls, as documented by the recent national inquiry. This unequal legal treatment is also evidenced in the recent trial of the hit-and-run death of an Indigenous man, Brady Francis, which resulted in an acquittal and the Crown choosing not to appeal this injustice.

South of the border, and here in Canada, many thousands of people are
protesting the systematic mistreatment of racial minorities by police and the justice system. Considering this context, a completely independent and unbiased review of this incident is critical and we insist that one occur.
We demand that the provincial government immediately set up a Committee to review the justice system in New Brunswick and make recommendations on how the Province can affect change to allow for a system free of systemic discrimination and that no longer fails to serve the Indigenous people of this province. We will be writing to the Minister of Public Safety and Minister of Justice to make this request.

Chief Ross Perley,
Neqotkuk (Tobique)

Chief Alan Polchies Jr.,
Sitansisk (St. Mary’s)

Chief Patricia Bernard,
Matawaskiye (Madawaska)

Chief Shelley Sabattis,
Welamukotuk (Oromocto)

Chief Gabriel Atwin,
Pilick (Kingsclear)

Chief Tim Paul,
Wotstak (Woodstock)

MEDIA CONTACT: Gillian Paul, 506-461-1187,