’Absolutely perverse’: Outrage within First Nations groups after white farmer found not guilty in Indigenous death


The federal justice minister has said the country “can and must do better” after a white farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man – a verdict that sparked a firestorm of criticism from First Nations groups across Canada.

A jury in Battleford, Sask., deliberated 13 hours before finding Gerald Stanley not guilty of second degree murder Friday in the 2016 death of Colten Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tweeted her sympathy for Boushie’s family, adding that she is “committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians.”

Red Pheasant First Nation Chief Clint Wuttunee called the ruling “absolutely perverse.”

“Colten Boushie was shot in the back of the head at point blank range. Nevertheless an all white jury formed the twisted view of that obvious truth and found Stanley not guilty,” he said

Wuttunee added that the verdict has “crushed the spirit” of the people of Red Pheasant First Nation.

Boushie’s family had previously expressed concern that the deck was stacked against them during the court process.

“Something has to be done about this. The government, Justin Trudeau, we ask you to give us Indigenous people justice,” said Alvin Baptiste, Boushie’s uncle.Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

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“Something has to be done about this. The government, Justin Trudeau, we ask you to give us Indigenous people justice,” said Alvin Baptiste, Boushie’s uncle.

Alvin Baptiste, Boushie’s uncle, said there needs to be a change.

“Something has to be done about this. The government, Justin Trudeau, we ask you to give us Indigenous people justice,” Baptiste said.

There was an almost immediate response from Ottawa.

“I’m not going to comment on the process that led us to this point today, but I am …read more

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