Sacred fire lit in New Brunswick, family plans to bring Chantel Moore home

Denise Titian, June 8, 2020

Chantel Moore, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, was fatally shot by a police officer in New Brunswick on June 4 during a wellness check at her home. (Submitted photo)

Edmunston, NB — 

Family members of Chantel Moore, the young Tla-o-qui-aht woman shot and killed by a police officer during a wellness check last week, have arrived in New Brunswick after a cross-country trip from Tofino, BC.

Martha Martin lives in New Brunswick and is the mother of Chantel. She is raising Chantel’s six-year-old daughter. According to Martha, plans are to have Chantel’s cremains returned to British Columbia with family on June 15. The family will begin planning memorial arrangements the following day.

Martin asks people to wear yellow in memory of Chantel Moore. The family has been using the hashtag #staygolden in her memory.

New Brunswick First Nations have invited the family of Chantel Moore to their sacred fire as a gesture of support during their time of grief. New Brunswick is home to the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet people.

Members of Madawaska Wolastoqiyik Nation are holding an event called Healing Walk - In Memory & Justice for Chantel Moore on Saturday, June 13 in New Brunswick.

“We are medicine people, and we bring our medicine forward to heal us. The Sacred Fire has been lit in the Madawaska Wolastoqiyik Nation, and will remain lit until Chantel’s family arrives in New Brunswick, and we put her to rest,” reads a statement on their Facebook event page.