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Information roadblocks for Indigenous in-custody deaths in B.C. revealed in new report – Vancouver Is Awesome

Leonard Cler-Cunningham’s website lists the names of almost 50 Indigenous people who have died in custody since the 1960s.

The B.C.’s government’s alleged unwillingness to release information on the deaths of Indigenous people while in police custody is a problem that needs to end, a new report says.

“For the B.C. Office of Information and Privacy, the Vancouver Police Department, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the B.C. Coroner’s Office, when First Nations people die in police custody and investigation into suspicious circumstances is not in the public interest,” the report headed by Leonard Cler-Cunningham said.

Reaction to the report was mixed with police supporting the current oversight environment and the coroner confirming an imbalance in Indigenous in-custody deaths.

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