February 27, 2024

First Nations Leadership Council disgusted by comedy group profiteering off the Pickton mass murder case
(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is deeply offended by the Albertan comedy group The Danger Cats selling t-shirts with the cartoon image of BC serial killer Robert William Pickton and reprehensible text referencing the victims. Pickton, who was convicted of six murders in 2007, is connected to at least 49 murders of women, many of whom were Indigenous and survival sex workers.

The FNLC is calling on Sam Walker, Brendan Blacquier, and Brett Forte, together as The Danger Cats, to remove the t-shirt from their merchandise and to publicly apologize to the families and communities who lost loved ones to Pickton who were deeply re-traumatized by their actions. Further, the FNLC urges the host venues, including The House of Comedy in New Westminister, to cancel bookings of any performers who make light of gender-based violence and deepen harm towards victims and survivors.