On Friday evening, RCMP held a press conference to address concerns expressed by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) over the police force’s handling of information relating to the shooting death of Colten Boushie.  Following are the notes provided by the RCMP from spokesperson Superintendent Rob Cameron, “F” Division Assistant Criminal Operations Officer.

“Good evening and thank you for coming. First off, on behalf of the RCMP, I’d like to express our condolences to the friends and family of Colton Boushie.

Earlier today, the FSIN released a statement on their website relating to one of our media releases. It is deeply concerning for us as the provincial police service to hear one of our media releases categorized as biased and not in line with the relationship we have with the FSIN and all the communities we serve.

We have heard the concerns of the FSIN and we welcome the opportunity to discuss them and work together to address them. The FSIN is one of our essential partners and we value this partnership and their input greatly.

Our relationships with our partners and the communities we serve are critical to our success as a police service in our efforts towards a safe and secure Saskatchewan. Without this ongoing support, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for all of us to contribute to communities where we can feel safe and secure. It is a priority for us to work to contribute to the long-term wellness and safety of Saskatchewan communities through an inclusive and culturally competent police service.

I will close with this, over the past few days, there have been comments made on social media that are concerning and could be criminal in nature. It’s understandable that during a situation like this emotions run high, but it is important to let the court process run its course. Therefore, I ask everyone to remain respectful in their online communication.”

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