About eight years ago, University of Regina professor Michelle Stewart met Richelle Dubois, of the Pasqua First Nation, as she was protesting outside a Regina police station in -40 C weather. Dubois was demanding accountability in the investigation of her 14-year-old son Haven’s death.

For years, Dubois has kept up her fight for police accountability and this summer, Dubois and her family embarked on a march across Canada to raise awareness about the vulnerabilities and systemic inequalities faced by Indigenous boys, men and Two-Spirit People. Stewart met up with the family as they set out on their cross-country march.

Today, in The Conversation Canada, she shares their story and connects it to research that lays out a pattern of flawed investigations into Indigenous deaths as well as a pattern of disrespectful care and attention from Canadian institutions.

The family’s march calls attention to the death of their loved one but also to all Indigenous people who face institutional neglect. The family plans to end their march in Ottawa by mid-September when they hope to meet with representatives from the Assembly of First Nations and the federal government.

It’s a short but complex read and well worth your time.

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Amanda Snell (left) stands next to her car which has a photo of her deceased partner, Steven Dubois, taped to it. Richelle Dubois (right) stands next to a photo of her son, Haven Dubois. (Michelle Stewart)

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