Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Protests erupt after farmer acquitted in Colten Boushie death

Trial starts for Gerald Stanley accused of shooting Colten Boushie Trial starts for Gerald Stanley accused of shooting Colten Boushie
Edmund Robinson | 12 February, 2018, 02:13

This is what Canada has created and not only is it unjust for the family who were not served yesterday but it is injustice for every single person who is a part of this community. Turtle Island is an Indigenous term for North America.

The trial for Stanley heard that Boushie, a 22-year-old from Red Pheasant Cree Nation, was shot in the head while he was sitting in an SUV that had been driven onto Stanley's farm near Biggar, Sask.

During the trial, Stanley said the handgun accidentally had gone off. He said he was trying to turn off the engine of the auto the men were driving while holding the pistol when the fatal bullet fired in what he testified was a complete surprise.

"Justice for Colten" rallies are planned in cities from Saskatoon to St. John's after the not guilty verdict in the shooting death of Colten Boushie sent shockwaves across the country. A jury in Battleford Court of Queen's Bench found Stanley not guilty on Friday.

"It was gut-wrenching for a lot of people". "We stand here and continue to advocate for him because we don't want this to happen to any individual anywhere".

Jade Tootoosis, wearing a hoodie bearing the words Justice for Colten, said she considered Mr. Boushie a brother, not a cousin, and that the year and a half since his death has been hard. "Indigenous people across this country are angry, they're heartbroken and I know Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike know that we have to do better", Mr. Trudeau said.

Sanchez urged people in the crowd to share their thoughts with one another.

"We will hold space and make space for the feelings".




The Boushie family hired its own lawyer and is raising money to pay legal and travel costs associated with the trial.

"When you look at the sweep of events leading up to this, there were complaints from farmers that no one was solving the crimes against property that was being stolen and destroyed in Saskatchewan", Ouellette said.

"Enough", she said. "We're going to fight back ... And it is so unfair that the Boushie family doesn't get justice for their son", she said. He said he would be meeting with First Nations leadership and speaking with Prime Minister Trudeau.

The sound of crying amplified around a Battleford courtroom Friday night following the acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley.

At the same time, a vigil will be held in Stewiacke at the site where demonstrators have been showing their opposition to a plan by a natural gas company to hollow out salt deposits for natural gas storage.

"My heart really hurt for the family, for Colten. I was just confused and I didn't know how to react because this keeps going on". I was pretty well prepared for that.

Vice-chief David Pratt of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations called for changes to the jury selection system.

"This is what truth and reconciliation is all about".

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