A jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie on Friday, February 9. The 22-year-old from Red Pheasant First Nation died of a gunshot wound to the head on Stanley's farm near Biggar, Saskatchewan, in August 2016.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of Colten Boushie:
“It is outrageous that Colten Boushie was shot dead and no one will be held accountable. The legal system has failed him, and our hearts are with his family, Red Pheasant First Nation and the people of Saskatchewan. This tragedy has exposed systemic racism in the justice system from the day Colten was shot, the peremptory challenges during jury selection, and the verdict delivered last night. The exclusion of Indigenous Peoples in the jury selection process and other issues were was revealed during the Ontario jury role review by former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci. These and other systemic issues in the justice are well documented, but little change has been made due to government inaction. We will support their pursuit of justice through the appeals process, and will support a call by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations for an inquiry.”
A reportedly all-white jury in Battleford, Sask., deliberated for 13 hours before finding Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty.
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day said “ On a majority of Indigenous matters before the courts, Canada’s judicial system is sterile and rendered biased by racism; creating predictable anomalies like stacked juries, double standards, and stereotypical narratives preempting attitudes and unfair conditions and unjust outcomes.”
Rallies are scheduled across Canada to demonstrate support for the Boushie family.