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Protest in Vancouver over Colten Boushie verdict

11 February 2018

9, 2018, a floor person for the jury at the trial of Gerald Stanley, a farmer charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Cree man Colten Boushie, stood up inside Battleford's Court of Queen's Bench and read the verdict.

Littlewood said Stanley's actions were born out of the thefts and other incidents his neighbours in the region had experienced, as well as the animosity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Winnipeg organizers said there were more than a dozen rallies in support of Colten Boushie held across the country Saturday.

"The argument where people are trying to paint Colten with this brush of him being a partier is a lot like what happens in the USA when young black people are murdered", said protester Kat Taddei.

Winnipeg Colen Boushie rally

"There was no justice served here today", said Jade Tootoosis, Boushie's cousin, outside court.

Boushie's mother, Debbie Baptiste, started by addressing her speech to the justice system which she claimed is run by white people.

Lindsey Batt was one of the protestors who gathered yesterday. This is what the Indian Act gets you, this is what the residential school system gets you, this is what the forced removal of Indigenous peoples to reserves gets you.

"We feel betrayed. We feel let down", he said of the verdict.

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Courchene says she wasn't surprised by the decision, the makeup of the jury and the reported absence of anyone of Indigenous descent.

"A defining moment for our city, our province, our country, where we decide what kind of country we're going to be", said Clark, who spoke while standing alongside members of Boushie's family and nearly a dozen First Nations chiefs and leaders from across the province.

"Take pictures of signs, posters, placards, slogans, and speakers".

On Twitter, #JusticeForColten has been trending since late Friday - and many #JusticeForColten gatherings are planned across Canada for a "National Day of Action".

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Canada speaks its eternal truth.

"We want to continue to work towards a reconciled future alongside our non-First Nations neighbours but this verdict will become our biggest challenge moving forward while trying to maintain a respectful dialogue with everyone involved".

Saskatchewan MP Georgina Jolibois joined the chorus of politicians and Indigenous leaders speaking out against the verdict.

Stanley's supporters have used the episode to call for US -style "stand your ground" self-protection laws. "And that's why I'm here", she told CP in Ottawa.

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There have been calls for an inquiry.

Protest in Vancouver over Colten Boushie verdict