The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is again calling on the Saskatchewan government to create an independent, civilian-led agency to investigate police-related deaths and shootings in the province.
The FSIN held a news conference Tuesday morning along with with the families of two Indigenous men who died in recent years after interactions with police: Brydon Whitstone and Jordan Lafond. Both men were involved in high-speed police chases before their deaths.
While quick to assert that the FSIN is not against the police, leaders said that the current system for investigating such incidents is not transparent enough.
Specifically, the practice of one Saskatchewan police agency asking another agency from the same province to investigate a death — or a Sask. police agency investigating itself — came under fire.