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Human rights advocate slams collection of DNA samples from men, boys in Manitoba First Nation


RCMP are gathering DNA samples from men and boys on a remote Manitoba First Nation in an effort to solve the homicide of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson, but a civil liberties advocate and northern leaders are raising questions about the investigative tactic.

Garden Hill Chief Arnold Flett said officers arrived in his community, 500 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, on the weekend.

Since then, officers have been getting samples from males between 15-66 years old, said spokesman Bert Paquet, noting that all samples are being given to officers voluntarily.


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