Surrey, BC — Following is a statement from Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation, regarding inflammatory and potentially harmful statements made by Indigenous Leaders to media. 

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Rojan Alphonse, who took his own life on the morning of July 10, in Williams Lake, British Columbia. 

We are aware of and concerned, however, by inflammatory and potentially harmful statements made to media that we believe create unnecessary risks for Members and the public by escalating tensions in communities where our Members serve and live. 

We respect and support the ongoing investigation by the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. and ask that all parties refrain from pre-supposing or attempting to influence the outcome and conclusion.  

Finally, we welcome and respect the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. investigation already underway, and look forward to their thorough, timely, and transparent findings. Until their report is published, we have no further comment.” 

About the National Police Federation: 

The National Police Federation (NPF) was certified to represent ~20,000 RCMP Members serving across Canada and internationally in the summer of 2019. The NPF is the largest police labour relations organization in Canada; the second largest in North America and is the first independent national association to represent RCMP Members.  

The NPF is focused on improving public safety in Canada by increasing resources, equipment, training, and other supports for our Members who have been under-funded for far too long. Better resourcing and supports for the RCMP will enhance community safety and livability in the communities we serve, large and small, across Canada. 

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