Healing gathering for Chantel Moore to be held at the B.C. Legislature

Healing gathering for Chantel Moore to be held at the B.C. Legislature
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A healing gathering will be held for Chantel Moore on June 18 at the BC Legislature

A healing gathering for Chantel Moore will be held at the Legislature Building in Victoria on Thursday, June 18.

“This is an event to honour Chantel Moore, and also to acknowledge racism and police brutality as it relates to Indigenous communities in Canada,” reads the event page on Facebook.

The 26-year-old Indigenous woman previously lived on Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni, before moving to New Brunswick, where she was shot and killed by a police officer performing a wellness check on June 4.

The healing gathering will include a moment of silence for Chantel, and organizers are asking for everyone who comes to wear yellow in honour of her.

The hope is “echo love, not hate”, and the invitation on Facebook is asking attendees to bring Indigenous spirit, sage for smudges, drums, sacred pipes, red shawls, and moccasins.

Masks are required and everyone is asked to maintain a physical distance as much as possible, especially in regards to elders who require a safe distance.

There will be smudging either at the beginning of the gathering or near the end.

Members of the Tseshaht First Nation called for an inquest into the death of Chantel, who is the mother of a five-year-old girl, but say they were not consulted during the investigation.

The First Nation community has also recently been a victim of racism after non-residents in a white pickup truck threw debris and yelled racial slurs and taunts at members on June 2.

One suspect has been arrested in relation to the incident and has been released from custody, and is awaiting a court date.


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