The young Indigenous woman at centre of the Marlborough Hotel incident has spoken out and confirmed our deepest fears.

She states that she was waiting for her brother at the Marlborough Hotel when she was approached by staff who threatened to sexually assault and beat her in the hotel basement.

The hotel claims that she was a danger to herself and others.  We have not been provided with any evidence confirming the hotel’s assertions.  The hotel had no right to forcibly confine the poor woman with zip ties and they had no right to threaten and assault her.  She was clearly in distress and needed help.  The treatment of any human in this fashion is outrageous and unacceptable.

Sadly, other women and one man have come forward with similar stories. We as Indigenous people must work together to keep each other safe and especially our most vulnerable.

“We have the right to live, we have the right to feel safe.”

Know something? Say something please!

Chief Angela Levasseur

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation