Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. has heard concerns regarding the treatment of First Nations customers shopping at Walmart in Thompson, and the treatment from Impact Security, hired by Walmart. MKO is hosting a peaceful march to protest the racism experienced by Indigenous customers at Walmart.
Time: Gather at 1 pm, the march will start soon after
Where: The march against racism starts at the Giant Tiger parking lot at 436 Thompson Drive in Thompson, Manitoba
The march will move along Thompson Drive North, ending at the Walmart parking lot.
Who: Grand Chief Garrison Settee and MKO welcome all those who want to stand up to racism, including non-Indigenous allies, to join the march
~Grand Chief Garrison Settee
MKO sent a letter to Walmart on July 3, 2020, to request a meeting to engage in a solutions-based dialogue about the corporation’s plans to improve the quality of service First Nations citizens can expect to receive. MKO will meet with managers from Walmart to further discuss the ongoing concerns and to bring forth solutions the Grand Chief and MKO have discussed.
Read more about the issue in any of the following media stories:
- July 3, 2020: Two shoppers accuse Thompson Walmart of discrimination, Winnipeg Free Press
- July 4, 2020: Thompson man says he was racially profiled at Walmart, told he looked ‘like the type of person who drinks’, CBC Manitoba
- July 8, 2020: Thompson Walmart must respect shoppers, says sister of Indigenous woman wrongly accused of stealing, Thompson Citizen
- July 14, 2020: MKO announces march against racism in response to allegations of mistreatment of First Nations shoppers, Windspeaker
- July 16, 2020: March scheduled to protest Walmart in Thompson, Winnipeg Sun