First Nations chiefs say New Brunswick premier won’t commit to shootings inquiry

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FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick government says it agrees that Indigenous people should lead some kind of review into two recent fatal police shootings, but several First Nations leaders say they’re “disappointed” it may not be a formal inquiry. The province’s Aboriginal affairs minister, Jake Stewart, said more than a dozen First Nations chiefs took part in a conference call Wednesday with Premier Blaine Higgs. “We agreed that Indigenous leaders should be at the head of this — maybe a co-chaired effort,” Stewart told reporters after the meeting. “There were terms thrown around like task force, review, inquiry, commission. Many terms were discussed and there was disagreement on terminology…. Not everybody can land on the same page in a meeting.”