April 5, 2024

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C.) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is furious at the BC Prosecution Service’s (BCPS) decision to stay manslaughter charges against constables Paul Ste-Marie and Jean Francois Monette, RCMP officers involved in the arrest and death of Dale Culver in Prince George on July 18, 2017.

“Dale Culver’s family have been flagging problems with the justice system procedures for years as they closely followed the criminal cases of the RCMP officers involved in his arrest and death. The family’s anguish and continued quest for justice highlight the need for a more responsive and culturally aware approach to addressing such tragedies within the fractured justice system. It is time to address the root causes of the disproportionate injustices faced by First Nations people and communities,” concluded Hugh Braker, First Nations Summit’s Political Executive.