Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Crowds and Indigenous leaders rally at Regina courthouse to support Boushie family

Crowds and Indigenous leaders rally at Regina courthouse to support Boushie family

However, he said the shooting has made him and others more cautious when driving between the community and Saskatoon. Turtle Island is an Indigenous term for North America.

He questioned how the shooting death of Boushie on August 9, 2016, could be thought of as accidental.

Stanley testified in court that after firing two warning shots, he realized he couldn't see his wife and was filled with a feeling of "pure terror" that she might be under the SUV.

Forensic investigation determined Boushie was shot with a Tokarev semiautomatic pistol that was found in Stanley's home.

And now there is a verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial. He said he was trying to turn off the engine of the auto the men were driving while holding the pistol when the fatal bullet fired in what he testified was a complete surprise.

"What this trial comes down to is whether Gerry acted reasonably", Stanley's lawyer, Scott Spencer, told the jury.

A jury in Battleford, Sask., found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second degree murder on Friday in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation.

"It seemed pretty apparent what happened, and our expectations were for a verdict of guilty of something, in the very least manslaughter", said Rekunyk. It was enraging and it caused a lot of emotions.

"We're all hurting", she said.

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At a later news conference with the Boushie family, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron was visibly angry about the result.

A pass system, similar to South Africa's under apartheid, once required indigenous people to get a government official's written permission to step off their reserves.

Boushie's family had previously expressed concern that the deck was stacked against them during the court process.

Kimberly Jonathan, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said the verdict is a continuation of the atrocities Indigenous people have faced in Canada, citing the residential school system and the Sixties Scoop.

"We will hold space and make space for the feelings".

"If we are making progress, why would it have exploded so much when he got shot?" asked Boushie's cousin Jade Tootoosis.

Supporters during a rally for the Boushie family at the Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon, SK on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Dorene Bernard said people are invited to light candles and tie ribbons during a pipe ceremony and smudging. "It's, 'What am I going to do about it?'" I really didn't think it was going to be any other way.

The Court of Queen's Bench jury began deliberating Thursday and returned a verdict Friday evening. "It is so evident what occurred but somehow a jury overlooked this and its absurd", said Niigaan Sinclair who helped organize the Justice for Colten rally in Winnipeg and is a professor in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. It's about looking at the racism, and the things in society that have been happening all along.

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