Amateur footage of police agents beating a young man on the ground has brought to the forefront what seems to be a systematic policy of terror against the Native American Innu People, which inhabit the Eastern Labrador Peninsula, a land they call Nitassinan (our land).
While the authorities of the French-speaking province are treating it as an isolate incident subject to investigation, the opinion among the Innu is very different, feeling that it is just the tip of the iceberg of systematic racist colonial violence. Raymond Bellefleur, chief of the council of Unamen Shipu, declared:
Our elder have fear, our young and the women are terrified by police brutality. This has to stop now.
The victim, Norbert Mestenapeo, 24, ended with 12 suture points after being hospitalized.