Canada 'We feel like Colten died again': Boushie family, Indigenous leaders say they've lost faith in justice system

13:41  11 february  2018
13:41  11 february  2018 Source:   CBC

Trudeau promises justice system reform

  Trudeau promises justice system reform Trudeau promises justice system reformBut the prime minister says it would be "completely inappropriate" to comment on the specifics of last week's acquittal of a Saskatchewan farmer in the killing of 22-year-old Colten Boushie.

Missing The trial in the death of Saskatchewan First Nations man Colten Boushie is exposing a fundamental flaw in Canada's justice system , say some legal experts. 714-05:00 1. Last August, 22-year-old Boushie died in Stanley's farmyard 20 Dec 2017 Explore Old pictures of CBC Indigenous

man Colten Boushie is exposing a fundamental flaw in Canada's justice system , say some legal experts. © 2018 The Globe and Mail Inc. The family of Colten Boushie complains there's no visible Indigenous representation on the jury selected for the trial of Gerald Stanley.

'Justice for Colten': Thousands gather for Boushie support rally in Saskatoon after Stanley not-guilty verdict© Provided by CBC 'Justice for Colten': Thousands gather for Boushie support rally in Saskatoon after Stanley not-guilty verdict

Screams and guttural moans echoed through the Red Pheasant Cree Nation band hall in August, 2016 during Colten Boushie's funeral wake.

Boushie's mother Debbie Baptiste and his grandmother or "kohkom" Verna Denny broke down frequently, crying out for their "Coco" while showing a visitor the shrine containing baby photos, spelling bee awards, firefighting equipment, beaded mocassins and other items.

Similar sounds filled a Battleford, Sask. courtroom Friday evening just seconds after a juror spoke the final words of Gerald Stanley's murder trial: "not guilty."

Trudeau promises justice system reform

  Trudeau promises justice system reform OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau says much needs to be done to fix the way First Nations people are treated within Canada's criminal justice system. But the prime minister says it would be "completely inappropriate" to comment on the specifics of last week's acquittal of a Saskatchewan farmer in the killing of 22-year-old Colten Boushie. Speaking in the House of Commons, Trudeau says First Nations people are underrepresented on juries and overrepresented in the prison population — a situation he says his government is committed to solving.

Cameron reiterated the “concerns of frustration and … inequality within the justice system ” voiced by members of Boushie ’s family and prominent Indigenous Cameron said he had been in contact with Alvin Baptiste, Colten ’s uncle, after the first day of jury deliberation. “ They ’re under a super amount of

T-shirts and buttons saying " Justice for Colten " are common here, as is the feeling among Indigenous people that the justice system treats them unfairly. Colten Boushie 's relatives considered him the optimist in the family . FACEBOOK PHOTO.

The 56-year-old farmer was acquitted on on all charges after a two-week trial in Battleford, 130 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

As Stanley was rushed out of court and into a waiting vehicle by security, several in the gallery swore and shouted.

Late Friday, emerging from a Boushie family smudging ceremony, Mylan Murdo whispered to a visitor, "We feel like Colten died again."

Denny was too pessimistic, too broken to attend the trial, relatives said. But Baptiste sat quietly through most of the often graphic testimony, exhibits and eventual verdict.

Baptiste, her brother Alvin and others had spent much of the past 18 months demanding "Justice for Colten," but also pleaded for peace as tensions rose.

"We all have to live together. We can't live with hatred, passing it down through the generations," Alvin Baptiste said as vile, often racist social media posts swirled online.

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

  Prime Minister says he feels the pain of Boushie's family after not guilty verdict in Stanley trial Prime Minister says he feels the pain of Boushie's family after not guilty verdict in Stanley trialThe not guilty verdict in Gerald Stanley’s trial brought a range of reactions from across the country during the weekend.

Alvin Baptiste, Boushie 's uncle, said the family has lost almost all of its faith in the justice system after no visibly 6 days ago BATTLEFORD, Sask. The death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie is inflaming tensions that have existed for years between the community's Indigenous populations and

Colten Boushie died Aug. Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Indigenous Nations, said in an interview that justice system failed the Boushie family and First Nations in the province.  Gerald Stanley trial: 'It feels like it happened yesterday,' says Colten

They encouraged calm as hundreds showed up for rallies outside the courthouses during Stanley's bail and preliminary hearings. They invited and welcomed North Battleford RCMP officers to the anniversary feast last August at Red Pheasant, and gifted officers with blankets. They said they were willing to give the justice system a chance.

That confidence appeared to erode on the trial's first day. Jade Tootoosis and other family members watched as each Indigenous-looking juror was rejected through challenges by the defence team.

"The deck is stacked against us," Alvin Baptiste said, predicting an acquittal.

"Where is the First Nations say in this? We don't have a voice."

Minutes before the verdict, Baptiste walked outside the courtroom and took a few deep breaths. Tightening his grip on the eagle feather he'd brought to court every day, he looked down at the floor, shook his head and said, "I knew this day was going to come. I have to be strong."

Ministers say Canada must 'do better' after Boushie verdict

  Ministers say Canada must 'do better' after Boushie verdict Federal ministers say the country must do better for Indigenous peoples in the Canadian justice system after a Saskatchewan jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of killing Colten Boushie. Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Indigenous services minister Jane Philpott both posted on Twitter they want more to be done.Justin Trudeau echoed those statements, offering his condolences to Boushie's family. "I'm not going to comment on the process that led to this point today, but I am going to say we have come to this point as a country far too many times," he told reporters Saturday morning.

Lost and Found Pets. Sports Celebrations. Alvin Baptiste, Boushie 's uncle, said it has been a difficult time for the family , but he called the rallies a good start toward changing the system . "Actions taken against Colten were just a moment of blind rage against a situation," said Littlewood.

“ Colten Boushie is the Rodney King of western Canada,” said Mark Kleiner, a former pastor with the Lutheran and Anglican churches in Biggar, a town near the site of the shooting. “For indigenous people there’s going to be: ‘ Again , the justice system has failed us .’

Stanley's lawyer Scott Spencer had argued his handgun went off accidentally when he reached inside Boushie's vehicle to turn it off, killing the 22-year-old with a single shot to the back of the head. The Stanley family has not spoken publicly about the case. Neither they nor Spencer has been available for comment since the verdict.

Chief Justice Martel Popescul had told jurors to avoid any publicity or conversations about the case. He told them they should be independent and not swayed by bias, passion, public opinion or political pressure.

Only the evidence matters, and a conviction requires proof "beyond a reasonable doubt," Popescul told them.

Saskatoon lawyer Brian Pfefferle and others also noted deliberations are secret. No one but the seven women and five men on the jury know the exact reasons for the acquittal.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Bill Burge said he thinks jurors took their jobs seriously because he could see the emotion on their faces.

Outside court after the verdict, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations vice-chief Kim Jonathan said the case is one more item on a list of "atrocities" visited on Indigenous people.

Kind, goofy Colten Boushie remembered by father

  Kind, goofy Colten Boushie remembered by father Colten Boushie came into the world smiling. It was Halloween 1993 in Ronan, Mont., about 225 kilometres southeast of the Roosville Border Crossing in British Columbia. Pete Boushie still remembers how beautiful the baby's mother, Debbie Baptiste, was and how excited he was for the arrival of their third son. And he remembers the smile on the boy's face after he was born. They named him Colten Cale Boushie but he quickly became Co Co.The memory is as clear as the phone call he received in August 2016."My boy called me," Pete Boushie told The Canadian Press from his home on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana.

It is not right. Something has to be done about this — the government, Justin Trudeau, we asked you to give us Indigenous people justice ." Boushie 's cousin Jade Tootoosis said the family will push for an appeal. "There was no justice served here today. We hoped for justice from Colten .

It is not right. Something has to be done about this — the government, Justin Trudeau, we asked you to give us Indigenous people justice ." Boushie 's cousin Jade Tootoosis said the family will push for an appeal. "There was no justice served here today. We hoped for justice from Colten .

Jonathan referenced residential schools and the Sixties Scoop. Others referenced other "government" actions such as the century-old treason conviction against Chief Poundmaker, the denial of benefits to returning First Nations war veterans or the RCMP surveillance of FSIN co-founder John B. Tootoosis.

The family attended rallies Saturday in North Battleford and Saskatoon, but thousands of Canadians came out in cities and on First Nations to press for changes to the justice system.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lent his support to the Boushie family and said more must be done to repair Canada's relationship with Indigenous people.

University of Saskatchewan Indigenous Studies assistant professor Damien Lee said it will take more than changes to the jury system to achieve true justice for Indigenous people.

Lee is a self-described "white man" who was adopted as a boy into Ontario's Fort William First Nation. He said many people are "recoiling" when they are told reconciliation is about more than holding hands or using appropriate language, Lee said in an interview Saturday.

"It includes feeling uncomfortable and it includes giving up power."

The case has provoked radically different reactions from the start, both online and in person. Some observers say that yawning gap appeared to widen as the trial progressed.

The night before the verdict, in a North Battleford restaurant bar, a couple who say they farm nearby discussed the case.

"I'm not prejudiced, but it's pro-Stanley all the way," said the man.

"Yep. Someone comes onto my property, gets on my quad? They'll have that coming," said the woman, referring to the attempted vehicle theft referenced in testimony.

As they spoke, the Indigenous-looking bar manager standing within earshot fixed his gaze on the ceiling.

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.

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