A settlement has been reached between a bank and an innocent Indigenous man who was handcuffed outside a Vancouver branch in 2019.

The Heiltsuk First Nation announced the settlement between Maxwell Johnson and his 14-year-old granddaughter Thursday.

“This ends our legal action against the bank for what happened to me and my granddaughter, but we are still in a healing process,” Johnson said in a news release.

“Closing my (Bank of Montreal) account today is part of that process. While we appreciate the actions BMO has taken as part of this settlement and hope they will continue to educate themselves about Indigenous peoples and take actions towards reconciliation, this bank still triggers painful memories for me and my family.”

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