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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 07:00 PM

Indigenous man and granddaughter, 12, handcuffed after trying to open bank account

Maxwell Johnson, of the Heiltsuk Nation, launches two human rights complaints after arrest at Vancouver bank in December

Leyland Cecco in Toronto
Tue 24 Nov 2020 13.44 EST

An Indigenous man in Canada has launched two human rights complaints after he and his 12-year old granddaughter were arrested and handcuffed as they tried to open a bank account.

Maxwell Johnson, a member of the Heiltsuk Nation, visited a Vancouver branch of the Bank of Montreal in December to open an account for his granddaughter Tori-Anne.

But bank staff did not believe the two were Indigenous after failing to verify the authenticity of their government-issued Indian status cards. Staff were also suspicious about the size of a deposit in Johnson’s account, prompting an employee to call the police.

In a transcript of the call to police, released by the Heiltsuk Nation, bank staff alleged the two were committing fraud, telling police the two had presented “fake” identifications. The employee also told the dispatcher that Johnson and his granddaughter were “South Asian”.

“It gets so tiring trying to prove who you are as a First Nations person,” Johnson told the Canadian Press.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/24/indigenous-canadian-human-rights-bank-arrest







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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 08:36 PM

1. Go ahead and treat them as you would anyone...you can investigate later.

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Thu Nov 26, 2020, 01:20 AM

2. I hope the Johnson's sue their asses off.

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