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Still No Justice for Chantel Moore: NWAC to Strike ‘Justice Table’ to End Killings by Police


May 20, 2022

The New Brunswick coroner’s inquest into the fatal shooting of Chantel Moore handed down a verdict yesterday – calling her death a homicide. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is appalled that despite this four-day inquest, there is still no justice for Chantel Moore and her family. Recommendations handed down by the jury are not binding and may or may not be implemented.

The police officer who gunned down Ms Moore by shooting her multiple times including twice in the chest during a “wellness check” was cleared in a prior investigation into her death – no charges were laid. And the jury’s homicide verdict simply acknowledges the fact that Ms Moore was shot and killed; it does not lay blame at the feet of her killer.

Frustrated from the lack of justice served, NWAC announced today, it will strike its own National Indigenous Justice Table to create a policing justice strategy so that other Indigenous lives are not lost at the hands of a police officer. NWAC is inviting AFN, CAP, ITK and MNC to work together on a united front to address the police violence.

“We need to end killings by police and we need to end police hunting down Indigenous people like prey,” said Lynne Groulx, NWAC’s CEO. “The gunning down of Chantel Moore was horrific and unconscionable. The gunning down of any innocent Indigenous woman or man is horrific and unconscionable. We’ve made many efforts to call for justice to end this systemic police violence to no avail. The system is broken and needs to be fixed so we’re taking it upon ourselves and our community to fix it.”

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About The Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, transgender, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canada societies.

À propos de l'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada

L'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) est une organisation autochtone nationale qui représente la voix politique des femmes, des filles, des transgenres, des bispirituels et des personnes de sexe différent au Canada, y compris les membres des Premières nations vivant dans les réserves et hors réserve, les Indiens inscrits et non inscrits, les personnes privées de leurs droits, les Métis et les Inuits. Regroupant des organisations de femmes autochtones de tout le pays, l'AFAC a été fondée dans le but collectif d'améliorer, de promouvoir et de favoriser le bien-être social, économique, culturel et politique des femmes autochtones au sein de leurs communautés respectives et des sociétés canadiennes.