Heiltsuk Man, Granddaughter to Receive Damages

September 28, 2022 – Vancouver Police Board will pay undisclosed damages to Maxwell Johnson’s family ‘for injury to dignity’.

The Indigenous man and his granddaughter who were wrongly handcuffed outside a Bank of Montreal branch in Vancouver have reached a human rights settlement with police.

Maxwell Johnson, from the Heiltsuk Nation, signed the “momentous” settlement agreement alongside his granddaughter at a news conference on Wednesday, saying their “three-year fight for justice” has ended with police admitting their discrimination.

“My family and myself are very pleased with the outcome of this settlement,” Johnson said after the signing.