The report published by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) into the complaints from the family of murdered Indigenous youth Colten Boushie show that systemic racism in policing is still a massive obstacle to reconciliation.
The report confirms that RCMP officers were disrespectful to Boushie's mother using racist stereotypes to the extent that "her treatment amounted to discrimination."
"I can't imagine grieving the murder of my son only to be treated as less than human by investigating officers," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
Boushie was shot by a white farmer in 2016 who was later acquitted of murder by an all-white jury.
After police officers informed his mother he passed, they searched while she lay crying on the floor, even checking the microwave where his dinner was waiting, suggesting they did not believe her.
The report also outlines the gross mishandling and destruction of evidence.
"There can be no justice for Indigenous peoples while the systems that oppress them are left unchecked and unreformed," said Dias. "Unifor stands united with Indigenous communities in their demands for justice and accountability."