January 8, 2021
Six months have passed since July, 8, 2021, at 9am, when Jared Lowndes, Wetsu’wet’en son of Laura Holland, was killed by police in Campbell River. There is no adequate explanation for why they went after him when he was 4 years old (to separate him from his mother) or why they released an attack dog, Gator, into his car (7/8/21), to expedite and accelerate a terrifying deadly situation.
I rely on wisdom of hummingbird, quietly observing the sounds of the world; that real transformation, truth and Justice for Jared, dismantle the terrible strategy and actions accelerated by GATOR. How can a Justice department, an independent IIO review composed of retired ex-police hold any promise for correcting the corrections department? Old cops will be the first to support tactics of the past (kill the Indian, save the child) and have the least impetus to changing attitudes toward First Nations legacy policing.
I grieve the dead, and I pray for the living, that a generation of youth can deflect all the international drugs, alcohol, illusions and legal traps set to steal from Indigenous people their lives and land, and continue the legacy of turning the whole world around and protect those who belong with their kin and are most under threat. My heart grieves; the young give me hope to change G.A.T.O.R. to include original First Nations land claims and Indigenous history.