Canada Prime Minister says he feels the pain of Boushie's family after not guilty verdict in Stanley trial

21:41  10 february  2018
21:41  10 february  2018 Source:   thestarphoenix.com

Boushie family to meet federal justice minister

  Boushie family to meet federal justice minister Boushie family to meet federal justice ministerA 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.

Jade Tootoosis, cousin of Colten Boushie , and Jace Boushie , Colten' s brother, react to the not guilty verdict in the second degree murder trial of Gerald Stanley .

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The not guilty verdict in Gerald Stanley’s trial brought a range of reactions from across the country during the weekend.

Stanley, the Saskatchewan farmer charged with second-degree murder in the death of Cree man Colten Boushie on Aug. 9, 2016, was acquitted by a jury in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday evening.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Friday night that he had spoken with federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould (@puglaas) and that he couldn’t imagine “the grief and sorrow” the Boushie family was feeling.

“Sending love to them from the US,” Trudeau wrote.

'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict

  'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict 'Bring drums': Boushie support rallies planned in Saskatoon, Regina after Stanley not-guilty verdict People are gathering in Saskatoon, Regina and other Canadian cities Saturday to show their support for the family of Colten Boushie after Gerald Stanley, a Saskatchewan farmer, was acquitted Friday of responsibility for Boushie's death. "There is no justice!" yelled people in the courtroom after the jury foreman read out the verdict Friday night. Moments earlier, the presiding judge had urged calm despite the "raw emotions" felt by those in the room.

Wilson-Raybould replied that she also felt the pain of the Boushie family.

“My thoughts are with the family of Colton Boushie tonight,” she wrote. “I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices. As a country we can and must do better — I am committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians.”

On Saturday, Trudeau told Global News that he understands Indigenous people in Canada are heartbroken and angry.

“Our hearts go out to Colten Boushie’s family. His mom Debbie, his friends and the entire community,” Trudeau said. “I’m not going to comment on the process that led us to this point today. But I am going to say we have come to this point as a country far too many times. 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.”

‘We’re going to fight back’ — Colten Boushie’s mother delivers emotional message

  ‘We’re going to fight back’ — Colten Boushie’s mother delivers emotional message ‘We’re going to fight back’ — Colten Boushie’s mother delivers emotional messageThe gatherings ranged from vigils to protests, pulled together under the banner “Justice for Colten Boushie.” Two took place in Saskatchewan, the province where Boushie lived and died, while others took place or were scheduled to take place on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Yellowknife, N.W.T., and as far away as Palm Beach, Fla.

Senator Murray Sinclair, a former Aboriginal judge in Manitoba and the chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, posted a poem on Facebook Saturday morning expressing his sorrow.

“I may grieve for some time./ But then again…/ we have been grieving a long time./ This is why/ we can’t “just get over it and move on”./ My country won’t let me,” Sinclair wrote.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page was created to support the Stanley family and their legal fees.

“Unfortunate events to follow led to, what was proved to be, a freak accident, which cost the life of one of the young men,” the post read.

Fifteen hours after being posted, the page had raised $10,000 of its $25,000 goal.

Petition wants GoFundMe to drop Stanley page .
An international advocacy group says it has collected thousands of names in a campaign calling for GoFundMe to remove a page that's raising funds for Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley's family. The online petition launched by the group SumOfUs says the crowdfunding website is profiting from the death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man who died on Stanley's farm in 2016. A jury acquitted Stanley of second-degree murder in Boushie's death earlier The online petition launched by the group SumOfUs says the crowdfunding website is profiting from the death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man who died on Stanley's farm in 2016.

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