CBC's 6:00 PM radio news out of Vancouver reported that the RCMP plans to purchase 8 Armoured Personnel Carriers. The 1995 month long siege of Shuswap traditionalists and their supporters on sacred, unceded sundance and burial grounds at Gustafsen Lake was cited by the police as proof the tanks were "necessary". At that time Canadian Forces personnel and APCs were requested by BC's NDP provincial government. The RCMP will now have their own. Two of the vehicles have already been ordered from South Africa. Six more will come later from unspecified sources.
Canada and BC are waging a dirty war of surveillance, intimidation, harassment and murder against indigenous traditionalists seeking a recognition of their land rights, sovereignty and self-determination. Pressure is mounting for international observers and intervention in light of the refusal of the Canadian authorities to launch inquiries into the Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash attacks upon indigenous resistors. The police sniper who murdered an unarmed Dudley George was recently given a wrist slap of two years but will serve no jail time and will continue to work as a police officer. Meanwhile in BC, Shuswap elder Wolverine is facing up to 25 years imprisonment for allegedly shooting out the tires of a 14 ton APC that was attempting to crush the Shuswap elder.