(Melissa Renwick photo)
A red dress is hung in Tofino on Friday morning in honour of 26-year-old Chantel Moore, who was fatally shot by police in Edmunston, New Brunswick, on Thursday, June 4.
Local police from the Maritime province stated that the officer wass acting in self defence, after Moore approached him with a knife. An independent investigation is underway to determine if any charges are warranted.
The red dress, a symbol of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, was one of the first signs of how the public is responding to the tragedy on Vancouver Island's west coast. A "peacefull protest" is planned by the Ucluelet post office on Sunday at 2 p.m., according to information on the Tofino Trading Post social media site.
"We are not protesting against the police. This is peaceful. We will keep it peaceful and safe. We are marching for George Floyd, for Chantel Moore, for Sandra Bland, Eric Garner," stated the notice. "Please bring hand sanitizer and masks if you have them."