Investigate Police Shootings: Victim’s Uncle

Monday, November 09, 2009 at 12:26



The chief of a Saskatchewan reserve where a young man was shot and killed by police is calling for a public inquiry into such incidents.


Chief Brian Standingready of the White Bear First Nation is joining with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in renewing the call for such an inquiry.


Standingready is the uncle of Chase McKay.


Last Friday, a coroner’s inquest into McKay’s death concluded he died by suicide — something his family members, including the chief, disagree with.


Standingready says White Bear has a long history of strained relations with the RCMP, and this incident a year ago didn’t help.


Standingready says an inquiry could help all First Nations and RCMP find alternatives to shooting people.


He says there is a need since this has happened before.


Between 2007 and 2008, nine Aboriginal people were shot by police.