The issue is not simply about how the police behave, however problematic that may be. Rather, the issue is much broader. It has to do with how racism is embedded in everyday experiences and institutional practices and implicated in our society’s prevailing patterns of marginalisation.
One starting point, then, is to heed the call of the TRC: to become well informed about the nature of the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples – and the ways it has been shaped by colonialism and racism.
— Elizabeth Commack, in “Reproducing Order” (May/June 2012)