News Release. September 15, 2011
(Lil’wat Nation Territory/Whistler, BC – September 15, 2011) The Chiefs-in-Assembly are meeting today at UBCIC’s 43rd Annual General Assembly. The theme of this year’s AGA is Voices of the Land and People.
Earlier today, Chiefs-in-Assembly received an urgent message from the family of Rodney Jackson. The Jackson family is attending the Coroner’s Inquest into the shooting death of Rodney Jackson by members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team. The inquest is being held in Smithers this week. .
“The Chiefs-in-Assembly shares the skepticism, anger and frustration of the Jackson family,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “Ultimately, what we all fear is that the responsible officer will not be held to account for his actions that resulted in Rodney’s unnecessary and tragic death that night. We demand police officers stop hiding behind their badges and stand fully accountable before the law like everyone else.”
Grand Chief Phillip concluded “We have spoken with the Jackson family and expressed our complete support for their demands for justice. Police officers are entrusted to uphold the law but they should never be above the law.”
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Phone: (604) 684-0231
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.