Healing rally on January 14 for Indigenous grandfather and granddaughter arrested at BMO

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      When Maxwell Johnson from Bella Bella, B.C., and his granddaughter went into a Downtown Vancouver branch of the Bank of Montreal to open an account for her on December 20, they wound up in handcuffs.

      CBC News reported that the bank teller had become suspicious of Johnson and his granddaughter’s use of Indian Status cards for identification and called police.

      BMO has since publicly apologized for the incident on January 9.

      However, social-media users expressed outrage at the incident, and criticized the apology as well.

      A protest had previously been held on January 10 at the BMO branch in question.

      Now, activists have organized a healing rally to support Johnson and his granddaughter, which will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (January 14) at the Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier Street).

      The rally is being organized by Kathie (Kat) Norris, who is a Coast Salish and Lyackson First Nation band member and residential school survivor, and the Indigenous Action Movement.

      For more information about the rally, visit the Facebook webpage.

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