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Canso Causeway shutdown planned for Sunday to honour MMIW

Annie Bernard Daisley
Annie Bernard-Daisley is a band councillor with We’koqma’q First Nation and president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association.

WE’KOQMA’Q — Annie Bernard-Daisley is planning a march at the Canso Causeway this weekend as a continued call for justice for Chantel Moore and other murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, 2SLGTBQ, and men and boys.

The event is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Sunday.

“As Indigenous people, our lives are devalued,” said Bernard-Daisley.

She said the march is still in the planning stages as she consults with police and the Transportation Department to ensure safety protocols.

Sunday's march will align with a national effort to honour Chantel Moore at the behest of her family.

Moore, a 26-year-old Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, was fatally shot by an Edmundston, N.B. police officer during a wellness check June 4. The police slaying has drawn a storm of criticism and a demand for improved relations between police and Indigenous people.

Bernard-Daisley, a band councillor with We’koqma’q First Nation and president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, said the justice system has failed Moore’s family.

“Right now, it’s so apparent that she was murdered to everyone else other than the people that make the decision,” she said, adding she would like to see the officer involved fired and charged with murder.

Bernard-Daisley also thinks the police shooting death of Rodney Levi and the acquittal of Maurice Johnson in the hit-and-run death of Brady Francis are other examples of how devalued Indigenous lives are in Canada. And until she sees the system change, she’ll continue to fight.

“I will never stop until I leave this Earth,” she said.

She encourages everyone to come on Sunday, bring hand drums, wear yellow to honour Moore and red to honour the MMIW, and bring photos of their own lost loved ones. She also wants to remind people the march will be peaceful and to ignore the detractors because it's all about honouring lost family members.

“Come and join us, and come and support us,” Bernard-Daisley said.


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