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Aboriginal-based organized crime (Canada)

Aboriginal-based organized crime
TerritoryCanada, United States of America
EthnicityCanadian Aboriginals

Aboriginal-based organized crime (ABOC) is a term used to refer to Canadian criminal organizations which have a significant percentage of Aboriginal members. These organizations are primarily found in the prairie provinces, which tend to have areas with high concentrations of people of Aboriginal descent.[1] ABOC is an important national monitored issue, as defined by Criminal Intelligence Service Canada.[2]

Criminal activities

There is confusion about how to properly intervene in preventing the growth of these gangs. One approach in Winnipeg recommended an all-Aboriginal school board in the face of increased gang involvement by Aboriginal youth.[3] These schools are viewed as a means of increasing respect for traditional Aboriginal values while giving youth the opportunity to avoid involvement in gangs. There is caution toward such strategies due to the fear that these schools, purely as an anti-crime initiative, will lead to ghettoization.[4] The thought of creating an Aboriginal school system struck some as reeking of segregation. Similar initiatives have been discussed in Saskatchewan, leading to a recommendation by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in late 2009.[5]

Aboriginal street gangs

Aboriginal gangs, as they are classified by the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada, have surpassed outlaw motorcycle gangs and Italian organized crime syndicates as the largest single group held in federal prisons, with 1,936 members serving federal sentences.[6] Examples include:

  • Manitoba Warriors
  • Saskatchewan Warriors[7]
  • Kelowna Warriors[8]
  • Native Syndicate
  • Terror Squad[9]
  • Most Organized Brothers (MOB)[10]
  • Redd Alert[11]
  • The Indian Posse Gang - The Indian Posse Gang was featured in the fictional film Stryker by Noam Gonick which presents a positive portrayal of the gang "Armies of Resistance" to poverty and other problems. The film dealt with conflicts involving the now-defunct rival gang "Asian Bomb Squad." The main character was referred to as "Stryker," which is a slang term for prospective recruits.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Aboriginal Gangs in Prairie Provinces in 'Crisis Proportions'". Culture. First Nations Drum. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  2. ^ "Aboriginal Based Organized Crime". Criminal Intelligence Services Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  3. ^ "All-Aboriginal Board May Boost Grad Rates, Curb Gangs". News. CTV News.
  4. ^ Welch, Mary Agnes. "Native-only schools eyed to fight crime". Numbers Watchdog. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  5. ^ "FSIN Calls For Aboriginal School System". News. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix.
  6. ^ "Armed posses spreading violence across Prairie communities". Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  7. ^ "Gang members sentenced for 'violent and vicious' kidnapping". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  8. ^ "New Kelowna criminal gang is small but dangerous". Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  9. ^ "Terror Squad gang founder sentenced for cocaine trafficking | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  10. ^ "MOB street gang has grown into major threat: police report". Winnipeg Sun. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  11. ^ JH. "About the Redd Alert gang". Kamloops Daily News. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  12. ^ "Indian Posse: Prison Gang Profile". Insideprison.com. Archived from the original on 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13.