Two women charged after Facebook post targets Indigenous people
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:29PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:36PM EDT
FLIN FLON, Man. -- Two women have been charged with inciting hatred after someone proposed having a "shoot a Indian day" on social media in northern Manitoba.
RCMP say the women, along with another who has not yet been arrested, posted hateful messages on Facebook after vehicles were vandalized in Flin Flon.
Police are not identifying the women until they are formally charged in court.
The charges include uttering threats and public incitement of hatred.
Earlier this week, a Facebook account under the name Destine Spiller posted photos of a vandalized car and said Indigenous people would be killed.
The post also proposed a "shoot a Indian day", and another Facebook user applauded the idea and said it was time for a purge.
She said she was going to "kill some Indians when I get home."
"Yah girl purge!!! Lets grab Budweiser and some shot guns," read a reply.
Urban Trendz Hair Studio, a salon in Flin Flon, posted on its Facebook account that it had let go of an employee following the social media posts.
"Our business has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to any form of discrimination or racism. The person in question is no longer employed by us."
The area school division also condemned the online messages and said one of the women involved had previously worked there.
"Any person or persons expressing such views does not represent the values of our division and will not be employed in any capacity with the school division. The individual making the comments is no longer an employee of our division and has not been for some time."
The organization that represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan said it would like RCMP to step up enforcement of hate speech crimes in Saskatchewan.
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said it received numerous threatening and racist messages earlier this year after Gerald Stanley was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man.
FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said no charges have been laid.
"This is what we expect the RCMP to do more of," Cameron said in a release.
"This life threatening attitude must be stopped and those guilty of it must be charged for a hate crime and it must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
2 females from Flin Flon & Denare Beach arrested on charges of Uttering Threats & Public Incitement of Hatred after posts on FB against residents of First Nations communities. 3rd arrest pending. #rcmpmb takes these matters very seriously. No names until charges sworn in court— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 31, 2018