Boushie's household meets federal ministers after acquittal in homicide trial

Boushie's household meets federal ministers after acquittal in homicide trial

Demonstrations in response to the acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, have been taking place across the country since the verdict was read on Friday night.

Milward explained further the accidental firing defence is usually a tough sell in murder trials, "and yet we don't see that skepticism here". "And that's exactly what we came here for".

The media release says the vigil is an acknowledgment of the pain and grief that a blatant miscarriage of justice brings to all people. Stanley claimed he didn't intend to shoot anyone and that his handgun went off by accident.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and Boushie's family have raised concerns about the trial because there were no visibly Indigenous jurors selected.

"For the family, we want them to know that we stand with them...." Singh says underrepresentation of Indigenous people on juries needs to be addressed.

"Canadians across the country are shocked, saddened and deeply disturbed by the "not guilty" verdict in this trial", said Regional Chief Adamek.

Boushie's cousin, Jade Tootoosis, says that the family felt excluded and ignored by the justice system following the fatal 2016 shooting in Saskatchewan.

Indigenous Nations and organizations are calling for expert panels to recommend changes to the justice system, inquiries and Royal Commissions.

He made the comments as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to meet Boushie's grieving family members, who are in Ottawa to talk about what they consider a travesty of justice.

"If we can not find some way toward real change for Indigenous people in the criminal justice system, Colten Boushie will also be the victim of a criminal justice system that was stacked against him from the start and a government indifferent to that reality".

"Those reforms are coming", she said Tuesday. "We have asked the civilian review body to review the RCMP's decision and they've agreed to do that, so that's an active file right now", he said.

Demographic shifts in recent years have also increased tension in Canada's western provinces: white farmers are declining in number as their children opt out of the family business and move to larger cities. Stanley said he though they were stealing the vehicles.

Singh pinpointed the under-representation of Indigenous people on juries as the primary problem and said people lose faith in the justice system when it doesn't "have representation of an entire community".

"From start to finish, it showed there was no justice available", Lagimodiere said.

"I'm really hopeful this will be a major reset of the relationship and will send the message that Canada is ready for a fundamental reconfiguration of confederation in a way that is consistent with constitutional law and aboriginal aspiration".

In a case such as this, where there is a real danger jurors might be blinded by racism or stereotyping, it's baffling why the Crown didn't issue challenges for cause over potential bias, Roach said.

As a former defence lawyer, Singh said he had used peremptory challenges in his past work.

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