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.
Colten Boushie was fatally shot in the head on a farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.
Boushie was shot in the head after an altercation. In Mr. Stanley's trial, defence counsel used peremptory challenges to block every potential juror who appeared to be Indigenous. He said he was trying to turn off the engine of the vehicle the men were driving while holding the pistol when the fatal bullet fired in what he testified was a complete surprise. She then turned her attention to Gerald Stanley, the man who was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of her son Friday night. The all-white jury found Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder.
"It was gut-wrenching for a lot of people". We are not going 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.
"You can't have even that kind of appearance in our justice system", he said.
"We hope for justice for Colten, however, we did not see it, we did not feel it throughout this entire process", Jade Tootoosis, Boushie's cousin, said outside the court.
Sanchez urged people in the crowd to share their thoughts with one another.
"We often make everyday decisions based on probabilities rather than having to be almost sure, almost certain, and the decision before you can convict someone of a crime is that you've got to be almost certain".
Sunchild, 45, said her home province was the national laggard on reconciliation. Boushie's uncle Alvin Baptiste, seated, and Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand, centre, also spoke at the event. "We are here today to commit to a spirit of change", one rally organizer, University of Manitoba native studies professor Niigaan Sinclair said in opening remarks.
"We are everywhere in this society and the work that we're doing just wasn't enough for Colten", Dewit said.
"The family has a long road ahead in terms of seeking justice", Yerxa said.
"How First Nations are treated in the justice system is not right", he said.
That's something the government is going to have to examine if they don't want more anger, more demonstrations and more questions after controversial jury decisions.
Dorene Bernard said people are invited to light candles and tie ribbons during a pipe ceremony and smudging. "Please hold the family in your hearts, hold Colten in your hearts and be here in a good way".
"...the jury system is going to be a flawed and unjust system", Indigenous Senator and former judge Murray Sinclair posted on Facebook.