Two women have been arrested and charged after racist comments on a Facebook page called for “a 24-hour purge” and a “shoot an Indian day.”
RCMP say the women, along with another who has not yet been arrested, posted hateful comments online after some vehicles were vandalized.
A Manitoba woman, Destine Spiller ranted on a Flin Flon Facebook page, blaming the local First Nations community for damage to her car after it was spray-painted with large, black lettering on all sides.
Spiller’s post escalated into racist and threatening language against First Nations people.
In the comments, she said that she was going to “kill some Indians when I get home” and talked about putting together a day to shoot “Indians.”
A second woman agreed with her, and suggested getting a shotgun and alcohol.
According to CTV News, RCMP haven’t released the names of the women but said a 25-year-old from Denare Beach, Sask and a 32-year-old from Flin Flon, are facing charges of uttering threats and public incitement of hatred.
The same charges are pending against a third person. All three suspects are cooperating with police.
Urban Trendz Hair Studio, a salon in Flin Flon, posted on Facebook that it had let go of an employee following the social media posts.
“Our business has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to any form of discrimination or racism. The person in question is no longer employed by us.”
The other woman’s Facebook account stated she worked in Flin Flon as a mentor and as a substitute teacher in Creighton, Sask.
The Flin Flon and Creighton school divisions said they do not tolerate racist behavior and that the woman hasn’t worked with the divisions for “some time.”
The first woman apologized the next day, saying she was angry and upset about her vehicle being tagged.
However, several people had already called RCMP about the women’s comments.
Both women have since deleted their Facebook accounts.
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is applauding RCMP actions in investigating and arresting the two women.