No timeline for police oversight changes in Sask. after renewed calls on Stonechild anniversary

The province says it understands the need for more police accountability after First Nations leaders again called for a civilian oversight body, this time on the anniversary of the report into Neil Stonechild's death, but that there is no timeline for changes to be made.

Chiefs spoke at a news conference Wednesday held by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) to acknowledge the inquiry into what happened to Stonechild, who was found frozen to death on the outskirts of Saskatoon in 1990.

The inquiry held 13 years after Stonechild's death concluded he had been in police custody the night he died. The officers reported to have picked him up were fired but never charged.

Chiefs at Wednesday's news conference said the relationship between police and Indigenous people has changed since the era of the Stonechild report, but that the years-long fight for Saskatchewan to have an independent police oversight body continues.


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