The crowd gathered on Saturday outside the main Ottawa Police Services facility on Elgin Road. About 15 friends, family members and native activists welcomed heavy snow to talk in a rally to protest Greg Ritchie's death in conflict with police forces on Thursday.
Ritchie, a 30-year-old Native man, recently moved to Ottawa from Kitchener. He died following the harassment with police officers Thanh Tran and Daniel Vincelette at Mall Shopping Acres Elmvale on St. Laurent Blvd.
The protest, cast as a "spiritual journey," was organized by Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail, a prominent British operator. She and others asked an audience with the police to ask for Ritichie justice, but they were dissatisfied with her acceptance.
"Canada bills itself as the No. 1 in the world in terms of human rights, but I can not even have a pipe ceremony here," Wabano-Iahtail told joint protesters in relation to a sacred ritual involving the use of a pipe and linking it & The spiritual and physical worlds. "The police asked me," Where is your permission? & # 39; "
The police were not immediately available to give their views of the meeting.
Wabano-Iahtail also called in Cree to welcome Ritchie to the spiritual world.
The protest for Ritchie's death was held one day after almost 100 people watched overnight for Abdirahman Abdi, Somali-Canada, 37, who died in a stimulus with the Ottawa police in 2016.
The official accused of killing Abdi, Daniel Montsion, is to appear in court for a trial on a homicide charge starting on Monday.
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