CRCC posts “investigation update” ahead of webinars on RCMP C-IRG violence against land defenders

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Video: RCMP C-IRG officers smash down a door and arrest land defenders at gunpoint on November 19, 2021.

The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) has posted an “Investigation Update” on their “systemic investigation” into the Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG), the militarized RCMP unit that is deployed against land defenders.

The investigation into the C-IRG was announced in this media release dated March 9.

The update now highlights: “The investigation is progressing, though significant delays in receiving the relevant materials from the RCMP continue. The CRCC has received little information or records from the RCMP “E” Division since July 2023, despite regular follow-ups and requests for updates. This will impact the timeline for the completion of the investigation.”

The investigation had been expected to take approximately 12-18 months.

The CRCC says: “Significant amounts of materials remain outstanding but are expected to be received [from the RCMP] in the coming weeks. The CRCC is monitoring progress closely and will provide an investigation status update in the new year.”

COP28 and environmental defenders, December 7

On December 7, PBI-Canada will be holding a webinar on what the UN COP28 climate summit should be doing address the violence experienced by land defenders.

To register for this webinar, click here.

One of the speakers will be Wet’suwet’en land defender Eve Saint. She was arrested by the C-IRG on February 7, 2020, at the Gidimt’en checkpoint blockade at the 44-kilometre mark on the Morice River Forest Service Road.

There were 60-100 police officers present, including the Emergency Response Team (ERT), dressed in army green and carrying automatic weapons.

Before she was arrested, Eve said to them: “This is Wet’suwet’en territory. We are unarmed. We are peaceful. This is unceded territory. This is the territory of Woos. I am his daughter. You are invaders. You are not allowed here. You are not welcome.”

Eve was held in custody for four days.

She says: “The post-traumatic stress is real. As Indigenous peoples, we don’t like to see these images of our relatives and loved ones being invaded with these colonial forces.”

Abolish C-IRG speaker panel & discussion, December 10

Abolish C-IRG has also posted:

“On Lekwungen territory / Victoria on Sunday December 10th, there will be a speaker panel event with zines, snacks, and discussion for anyone interested in hearing land defenders’ experiences with C-IRG. Bring a friend or two, and together we’ll strategize how we can continue to organize for its abolition. This event will be in person at @thedockvictoria at 3pm on Dec 10th, and on zoom (email for the link, ideally before Dec 10th).”

PBI-Canada continues to support the call for the abolition of the C-IRG.

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