Colten Boushie's family meets federal minister in wake of Stanley acquittal

Friday, 16 Feb, 2018

Red Deerians gathered outside of City Hall Monday evening for a rally over the not guilty verdict handed down in a Saskatchewan murder trial Friday in the death of Colten Boushie.

The trial heard that Boushie was shot in the head while he was sitting in an SUV that had been driven onto Stanley's farm near Biggar, Sask.

Cameron made the comments at a late Friday night news conference at BATC headquarters in North Battleford.

"What a bunch of garbage". Pfefferle said he can't imagine a scenario in which the way Burge chose to prosecute the case would lead to an appeal.

"He should never have been appointed". "This tragedy has exposed systemic racism in the justice system from the day Colten was shot". "The racism exists in all of those sectors".

The jury's decision to acquit Stanley of the murder of 22-year-old Colten Boushie brought back painful memories for Charles, who lost her own son in 2003 at the age of 24.

Mr. Stanley was found not guilty of second-degree murder by jurors who did not believe that he meant to kill Mr. Boushie - something that is always hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, but especially so after two of the Crown's key eye-witnesses change their stories in court.

"It was pretty devastating to watch unfold, and disheartening", she said.

Rallies are scheduled across the country both on Saturday and for coming days to demonstrate support for Boushie's family. That was followed by screams from Boushie's family and shouts of "you're a murderer".

One man was heard to shout, "There is no f--ing justice, man!"

Moe and other members of his cabinet have met with members of the Boushie family with more meetings planned with First Nations leaders along with federal, local and provincial officials.

Jace expressed gratitude to those who lent their support to the family during the trial.

"This is what you get when you spend 150 years perpetuating genocide and continuing violent policies", Sinclair told Al Jazeera.

Indigenous rights activist Gerald McIvor was busy throughout the weekend and Monday urging victims to save screen shots of unwanted posts.

Baptiste called for an end to the prejudice and racism directed to Indigenous people from the justice system, the health system and universities. "It hasn't really served us well, especially the First Nations people in the province and in Canada".

The ongoing reality is Canada remains a risky place to live if you are Indigenous.

That's essentially what the supporters of Gerald Stanley have stood for. He still reserves a measure of faith in the country's justice system.

"I think it's important for everyone to have the time and space to process these feelings", tweeted Kinew, an Ojibwa activist, musician and broadcaster before entering politics in 2016.

Harding went on to say the First Nations people are not the people they once were. "It breaks my heart". "First off we'd like to offer our honest condolences to the family of Colten Boushie. But the verdict, I'm very disappointed".

Boushie's family also said the RCMP mistreated them when they were informed of his death.

Nearly from the time of the August 2016 shooting, Mr. Boushie's family has complained that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police appeared more concerned about what Mr. Boushie and four other young Cree people were doing on Mr. Stanley's farm than investigating the killing. Stanley's lawyer Scott Spencer had argued the handgun went off accidentally when Stanley reached inside Boushie's vehicle to turn it off.

"Part of that narrative is that First Nation and Metis people are aggressive, [that] you have to be careful and aware around them", said Lafontaine, who grew up, studied and worked in Saskatchewan until 2011. But it's not. It's not.

Sunchild also denounced the composition of the jury, with the exclusion of all visible minorities from the panel.

"The public is more likely to perceive trials, and by extension the legal system as a whole, as being fair if prospective jurors are representative of the wider community from which they are drawn", the report said.

"I'm not saying there's not racism in other parts of the country but sometimes living in Saskatchewan, especially Northern Saskatchewan felt like I was living in the MS of Canada".