December 11, 2023

The First Nations Leadership Council is deeply disturbed that the RCMP recently applied to dispose of approximately 14,000 exhibits related to the Pickton case, and are calling for the preservation of evidence collected from the Pickton farm and Pickton-related properties and associates. Further, we are calling for the RCMP to implement a rights-based, trauma-informed, culturally-safe and an Indigenous gender-based analysis plus approach to center the rights of victims, survivors and families.

The RCMP’s application to dispose of the 14,000 exhibits demonstrates a continued failure by police and Crown governments to prevent and ensure accountability for violence perpetrated against Indigenous women in contravention of the National Inquiry’s Calls for Justice 1.5,1.6, 9.1, and 9.5, and their legal obligations under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.