March for Colten Boushie to be held in Red Deer


The court heard that Boushie was shot at point-blank range after he and four other Indigenous men entered Stanley's rural property.

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.

"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.

There are "systemic issues in our criminal justice system that we must address", Trudeau said, adding that his government was "committed to broad-based reform". "The racism exists in all of those sectors".

He was accused of shooting Colten Boushie, 22, in the head after an SUV drove onto Stanley's farm near Biggar, Sask. Stanley's lawyer argued that the fatal shot was an accident. However, he said, the Canadian justice issues and an all-white jury made Stanley to be acquitted.

David Pratt, second vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents dozens of First Nations in Saskatchewan, told Al Jazeera the verdict sets "a very, very unsafe precedent and underscores the fact that there is institutional, systemic racism in Canada". The verdict was announced shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday night. "But I'm also sorry for the Stanley family". Immediately after the foreman said the words "not guilty", there were cries of "what?"

"I can't image the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight", he wrote. Stanley was acquitted of second degree murder. Federal Ministers met with members of the Boushie family in Ottawa yesterday.

"And once again, we ask people to behave respectfully and peacefully in all their on-line (sic) activity", the statement reads.

Jace expressed gratitude to those who lent their support to the family during the trial. We are well past the days of being able to tolerate the implications of "all-white" juries.

Baptiste, however, remained upset and angry.

At the beginning of Stanley's trial, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations called on the federal government to make it mandatory for juries to include First Nations people.

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

"That typically doesn't happen", Fontaine noted, adding, "I think that's an eye-opener for non-Indigenous people. Canada is Indian land - Indigenous land".

Stanley shot and killed Boushie, who was Indigenous, following an altercation on his farm in August of 2016.

Several people spoke during the hour-long rally including Reginald Mueller, Carrier Sekani tribal council chief, Terry Teegee, regional chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations, Kim Gouchie, respected member of the Northern B.C.First Nations community, along with Sara-Lynn Harding, a concerned mother and a young First Nations man, Nipawi Kakinoosit. "It breaks my heart".

"We can never bring back the life of Colten Boushie. But the verdict, I'm very disappointed".

Boushie's homicide, and the RCMP's aggressive treatment of his family and First Nation following the killing, has inflamed tensions across Canada.

I use that old-fashioned phrase with its overtones of British social class intentionally, because it is an important factor in the explosion of outrage and sadness that has followed Stanley's legal exculpation. If criminal juries are to be regarded as a mere employment program, they have got to be the crappiest one ever devised.

"The message that it sends is just terrible ..." 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.

Supporters hold signs during the Justice for Colten Rally at the Senator Allen Bird Memorial Centre in Prince Albert on Sunday.