Saskatchewan premier says government should discuss Indigenous jury representation

Demonstrators gather outside of the courthouse in North Battleford Sask. on Saturday

THE CANADIAN PRESS Matt Smith Demonstrators gather outside of the courthouse in North Battleford Sask. on Saturday

Liam Richards/CANADIAN PRESS Gerald Stanley was found not guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in Battleford, Sask. on Friday.

The killing of Mr. Boushie occurred in the context of ongoing antagonism between white farmers and First Nations members.

The family of a young Canadian indigenous man killed in 2016 are in Ottawa calling for justice system reform.

And she tweeted Friday her thoughts for Boushie's family, "As a country we can and must do better - I am committed to working every day to ensure justice for all Canadians". We want equality right now.

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

"Can and must do better", said Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Minister of Justice. Unlike Mr. Trudeau, however, Mr. Moe did not offer any specific words of support for Mr. Boushie's family.

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When asked about the public backlash against the not guilty verdict, he wrote: "I have to say I do agree with the verdict, but I also agree what happened was a bad tragedy, and my deepest sympathies go out to the Bouchie family for their loss".

We have witnessed an injustice in 2018, but the Trudeau government can quickly rid our system of an archaic, racist jury selection practice.

The Commission recommended that the Criminal Code be amended to eliminate peremptory challenges to jurors.

"I can't believe there was not a single Aboriginal person who was qualified to sit on that jury", said Bosum.

Before the Stanley trial began, the defence team rejected all five visibly Indigenous candidates presented for jury duty. "We're entitled to a jury of our peers", said Brodsky.

Joey Knapaysweet, 21, and Agnes Sutherland, 62, left Fort Albany to seek medical care in Timmins, according a statement released by Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon, and Fort Albany First Nation Chief Andrew Solomon.

A Toronto rally on Saturday drew at least 200 people to Nathan Phillips Square.

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"There definitely has to be changes", David Pratt, second vice-chief for the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), said in Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench courthouse.

There is a separate GoFundMe page for the Boushie family which has raised over $100,000. How much longer must Indigenous people wait for justice in this country?

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 risky precedent and underscores the fact that there is institutional, systemic racism in Canada".

"We don't want to just meet and discuss for the sake of a picture", Pratt said.

"We need to stop using the racial card", she said. We must claim space in the legislature, in parliament.

Coltman added that she feels like there are a lot of oppressive structures within the judicial system, saying that it played a huge role in this trial and a lot of trials involving Indigenous people.

"I will say that as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Manitoba it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on this", said Heather Stefanson.

A new wave of mainstream Indigenous politicians in Canada is seeking to harness anger about the Colten Boushie verdict into a unifying call for action.

"One of the disconnects for me is the presumption that if you had Indigenous people on the jury, they would have convicted (Stanley) by the mere fact they're Indigenous, and I'm not sure that's a fair or appropriate way to assess it", Lacy said.

He said he removed the gun's magazine after firing warning shots and that the gun just went off when he reached towards the SUV's ignition.

Many, in social media and in protests across the country, have complained there were no Indigenous people on the jury. They've served neither justice, nor the cause of Colten Boushie.

"This has to do with the story of Canada".

The federal Justice Minister is vowing to look into how juries are selected in Canadian courts. "I felt like I need to protect my sons".

"I may grieve for some time". "Our teachings speak to the sacredness of human life and these comments fly in the face of what our ancestors have been teaching us since time immemorial".

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