An Indigenous tribal council on Vancouver Island is calling for changes in police conduct after a Tofino woman was shot and killed by an officer in New Brunswick on Thursday.
According to police in Edmundston, NB, the incident happened around 2:30 am, when police received a request to check on the well-being of a woman at an apartment building in the town.
"My granddaughter was the most attractive person and the kindest person you could ever meet", she said from her home in Tofino, B.C.
"The police are doing things that aren't really policing functions, but there's no one else to do them", he said. "They have to backstop where ever social services end".
Moore's grandmother called the police shooting of the Indigenous woman "racially motivated".
"The responding police officer was confronted at the scene by a woman holding a knife who made threats", said the police force in a statement.
"I certainly hope that more people go out and peacefully protest to acknowledge and realize, and understand that this is prevalent in Canada".
"I'm pissed. I'm outraged", Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Friday in Ottawa.
The chief civilian director of B.C.'s police watchdog - the Independent Investigations Office - says despite the cost and worries about privacy, he's convinced now is the time for body cameras.
And he says these calls have yet to be heeded by any level of government. "I don't know under what other sort of circumstances you might trigger a wellness check, but basically either it's mandated that somebody has to be checked on. or that someone expresses a concern about someone else".
A Halifax-based group Women's Wellness Within said it mourns the woman's death.
Matthew Green, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre, has been speaking out against police-performed wellness checks. "Policing in North America has just so deteriorated to this point to where we are on the verge of civil unrest here", Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said Friday.
When pressed by reporters about possible solutions, Trudeau said he would speak to Cabinet and police officials, but didn't have any specifics.
Black and Indigenous people are overwhelmingly over-represented in fatal encounters with police, according to CBC News analysis that looked at deadly force used between 2000 and 2017.
The New Brunswick RCMP is providing investigative and forensic support in the investigation.
"It is something we need to reckon as a society", he said.
"And we know that there have been a significant increase in the funding of police budgets that have resulted really in police being the catch-all for the social challenges of our community".