CBC News : Jingle dress dancers honour George Floyd at site where he was killed

Indigenous people in Minneapolis supporting Black Lives Matter cite similar struggles

Lenard Monkman · CBC News ·

Jingle dress dancers held a ceremony at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday,  the place where George Floyd was killed by police last week.

Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for minutes, even after he stopped moving. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

“The jingle dress dance is such a beautiful and powerful action to take… It has this deep spiritual meaning and power behind it,” said Tara Houska, who attended the event.

Houska, Anishinaabekwe from Couchiching First Nation in Ontario, is a tribal attorney and community organizer with the Giniw Collective, a pipeline resistance group.

Houska said people from different cultures who were there to pay their respects to Floyd joined in to observe the ceremony.

“To see the women bringing that power and that connection to that space, I think it meant a lot to the community of all colours.”

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