In December of last year, Maxwell Johnson visited a downtown Vancouver BMO with hopes of helping his then 12-year-old granddaughter Tori open an account. Instead, the pair were questioned about their government-issued Indian status cards and police called for what the bank believed was a fraud in progress.

Human rights complaints have been filed by an Indigenous grandfather who was arrested at a Vancouver bank while trying to open an account for his granddaughter last year.

On Monday, lawyers for Maxwell Johnson announced complaints had been filed with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, as well as with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in connection with the Dec. 20, 2019, incident at a Vancouver Bank of Montreal branch.

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