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Boushie's family meets federal ministers after acquittal in murder trial

16 February 2018

The premier was speaking at a news conference Monday after a jury on Friday found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, 22.

Boushie, a Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation, was 22 years old on August 9, 2016 when he and four friends drove an SUV onto Stanley's farm north of Biggar in the Rural Municipality of Glenside. "First off we'd like to offer our honest condolences to the family of Colten Boushie".

"As a country we can and must do better", Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Justice Minister, wrote.

The jurors also let Mr. Stanley off on the lesser charge of manslaughter, finding that it was reasonable for him to go get and load a semi-automatic pistol during a confrontation on his farm property with Mr. Boushie and three of his friends. Her tweet followed one from Justin Trudeau in which he said, "I can't imagine the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight". As set out by the Prime Minister of Canada, "Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike know that we have to do better".

The family met Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott on Monday.

Given the racial tensions between Indigenous and nonindigenous people in Saskatchewan, the composition of the jury undermines its decision for a lot of people. "My heart cries today".

His attempt to direct the conversation into a call for wholesale change through hard work echoes comments from other Indigenous politicians elected since 2016, who both recognize the public outcry at the verdict and appear to look for hope down the road. We can't say that the legal process or justice system has failed us until the process is finished.

Earlier this month, Wilson-Raybould, the justice minister, raised concern about the under-representation of indigenous peoples on Canadian juries, which she described as "an issue in several provinces and. a reality I find concerning". "It is discriminatory to Indigenous peoples".

Butt said a solution would be to limit or override peremptory challenges "if it becomes clear they have created an inappropriately homogeneous jury". Sinclair also says prospective jurors from First Nations communities can face barriers. "Bill Burge as a Crown prosecutor dropped the ball", said Cameron. "Canada is Indian land - Indigenous land". He said the fatal shot occurred when he reached into the SUV to grab the keys out of the ignition and his gun "just went off".

Those supporters "feel it's a good thing that there's another Indian dead", Sinclair said.

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"Naming racism for what it is in this country is essential to any potential there is in moving forward collectively", said Ryan McMahon, an Indigenous comedian and broadcaster who noticed a spike in offensive and threatening comments throughout the weekend. The verdict was announced shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

"Shock, frustration and also sadness at that verdict", said Battiste, who's serves as the province's Mi'kmaq treaty education lead.

"Across Canada we have a lot of people demonstrating to show their support", said Mueller. "We need a change, we've had enough". We want legislation to be changed.

The jury's verdict touched off a series of rallies across Canada about what many see as systematic racism within the justice system and called for change.

"It's been like they have been criminalized", said Sunchild.

"The narrative that the jury probably believed before even coming into the case was that Colten Boushie had no business being on that property and that he was probably there to cause trouble".

Boushie was killed on Stanley's farm near Biggar, Sask., when a bullet from Stanley's handgun was shot through Boushie's head.

Before the Stanley trial began, the defence team rejected all five visibly Indigenous candidates presented for jury duty. It's a controversial practice long considered unfair to Indigenous people.

"In this day and age, when someone can get away with killing somebody, when someone can get away with saying, "I accidentally walked to the storage shed, I accidentally grabbed a gun out of the storage box and I accidentally walked back to the vehicle and then I accidentally raised my arm in level with the late Colten Boushie's head, then my finger accidentally pushed the trigger" - what a bunch of garbage", said Bobby Cameron, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, at a press conference following the decision.

Boushie's family meets federal ministers after acquittal in murder trial