Canada Protests Shooting of Indigenous Man by White Farmer

Canada Protests Shooting of Indigenous Man by White Farmer

Canada Protests Shooting of Indigenous Man by White Farmer

A Winnipeg politician, who comes from the same First Nation as Colten Boushie, says there were "failures of the system" that led to the young Indigenous man's death, and in the trial that resulted in a Saskatchewan farmer being acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting.

Stanley was also found not guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter.

Bobby Cameron, Saskatchewan regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, told CTV News Channel on Saturday evening that the nationwide solidarity "meant a lot to us".

Nikki Sanchez, a University of Victoria PhD student studying Indigenous governance, said the Boushie family wanted people joining together after the verdict to have "peace in their hearts".

"It's a awful feeling to hear not guilty", he told reporters outside the court.

He added, "What would you do, and what would you expect justice to do?" Attendees prayed, sang and drummed, holding signs reading "racist jury" and "racist verdict".

"The justice system needs to stop locking up our youths".

And so once again the value of our lives is found wanting.

Speaking in California, Trudeau directly addressed Canada's Indigenous community.

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My thoughts and prayers are with the family and their community. "I was anxious, because I have children".

"We want to continue to work towards a reconciled future alongside our non-First Nations neighbours but this verdict will become our biggest challenge moving forward while trying to maintain a respectful dialogue with everyone involved". Today we have no hashtags. This is what the Indian Act gets you, this is what the residential school system gets you, this is what the forced removal of Indigenous peoples to reserves gets you.

It has also drawn comparisons to the lynching of African Americans in the southern United States under Jim Crow segregation laws.

Throughout Stanley's trial, jurors have been able to go home at the end of the day. A public hanging in 1885 of six Cree and two Assiniboine men on murder charges that have since been questioned remains the largest mass execution in Canada's history.

"We will not give up our fight for justice", Boushie's cousin Jade Tootoosis said immediately afterwards on the courthouse steps, where she has been the family spokesperson. "I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices". Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tweeted that Canada "can and must do better".

The Indigenous Joint Action Coalition has kept a GoFundMe campaign open to support the Boushie family to help them cope with their loss.

Chris Murphy, a lawyer retained by the Boushie family, said a junior constable was initially put in charge of the investigation, forensic experts were not brought in, and the vehicle in which Boushie died was left uncovered, its doors open, for two rainy days, washing away evidence.

"We are standing united against violence, against racism and against injustice", North said.

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