Febrero 19, 2018

Canada PM Trudeau meets family of slain indigenous man

14 Febrero 2018, 09:35 | Gerardo Tarin

Vancouver lawyer Manjot Hallen and Toronto lawyer Sean Robichaud debate government tweets on the Colten Boushie verdict

Vancouver lawyer Manjot Hallen and Toronto lawyer Sean Robichaud debate government tweets on the Colten Boushie verdict

"We're [the indigenous] overrepresented in jails, we're underrepresented in the system, so it doesn't seem we get a fair shake from a jury of our peers", he said, pointing to the fact that the jury in the Boushie case was "apparently non-indigenous".

"We are facing a lot of things in society today and just noticing that there are youths that are being murdered is horrifying", Logan says. "We all have to recognize our common interest in peaceful, secure safe communities and all of the forces and factors that go into creating those kinds of communities. And this ain't going to stop until something changes for the better".

I also don't know if Gerald Stanley would have shot and killed Colten Boushie, 22, if he had been white rather than First Nations.

According to police reports, Boushie and his friends were on Stanley's property at the time of the shooting, attempting to take an ATV from a neighbouring area.

People gather with signs during a rally in response to Gerald Stanley's acquittal in the shooting death of Colton Boushie in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Minister of Justice Jody-Wilson Raybould responded that "as a country we must do better".

Government sources said the announcement was planned ahead of the Boushie family's arrival in Ottawa.

Fougere acknowledged that there is still much to do as far as reconciliation efforts go in the country but that people are on the right path. Colten Boushie will not have a chance to speak.

"What we need is systemic change, what we need is for people to feel real conciliation", Ellen Gabriel, said in her speech.

Colten Boushie rally
An attendee at a Calgary rally holds a sign in support of Colten Boushie's family

But in the justice system perception can be just as important as reality and in this case the perception of racial bias can't be ignored. Out-of-date, and inaccurate census information means that many potential Indigenous jurors' names are completely left of the jury rolls.

The RCMP already investigated and dismissed the family's initial complaint, so Murphy said they went to the oversight agency in January. They're our relatives, we love them, we want to uplift them.

"There is absolutely no place for that in a province like Saskatchewan or anywhere else", Goodale, who represents the Regina-Wascana riding, told reporters.

The grieving relatives of a First Nations man whose accused killer was acquitted by a Saskatchewan jury are meeting federal ministers to take what they call a first step in the long road to reforming Canada's justice system.

And herein lies the problem with perception.

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

Both Penney and Kent Roach, a criminology law professor at the University of Toronto, said a key problem with current jury rules - and one that could be fixed with a Criminal Code amendment - is what's known as the "peremptory challenge".

"In my case, I wanted to ensure that the jury was more diverse so I challenged folks that were not ..." As an Indigenous man, he's experienced a "large amount of racism", he said.

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