‘Enforcers of the colonizers’: Wet’suwet’en crisis casts spotlight on long, difficult history between RCMP and Indigenous peoples..

“There’s the notion, increasingly challenged, that the Mounties played a protective role for Indigenous peoples, when in reality the Mounted Police were modelled after the Royal Irish Constabulary, a paramilitary colonial police force that the British used to control the Irish. In the Canadian case, the Mounted Police helped with the process of moving Indigenous peoples onto reserves to free up land for European settlers.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/02/29/enforcers-of-the-colonizers-wetsuweten-crisis-casts-spotlight-on-long-difficult-history-between-rcmp-and-indigenous-canadians.html

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