A group of Black and Indigenous families brought their case for defunding Canadian police forces to the steps of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office across the street from Parliament Hill on?Saturday.?
The Ottawa rally included?the families of 10 people who either died or were injured during encounters with?police:?Anthony Aust, Eishia Hudson, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Jermaine Carby, Jamal Francique, Chantel Moore, Andrew Loku, Abdirahman AbdiThe Ontario government announced residents 18 and older in 114 hot spot communities would be eligible for vaccines. British Columbia is prioritizing people 40 and older in high-transmission neighbourhoods., Rodney Levi and Chantelle Krupka.??
Each family shared their own stories, and some called on the federal government to make changes toThe most powerful images that came out o?defund, disarm and dismantle police forces across the country. Some who spoke said they want?to see money that usually funds police groups go to the families affected by the violence.?
The event was held one day after?a video surfaced of Montreal police kneeling on a 14-year-old’s neck. It also coincided with JuneteenthThe Winnipeg doctor, they, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States that was just made a federal holiday.