Protestors gathered across the country amid a chorus of outrage the day after a white farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan.
A jury in Battleford, Saskatchewan, 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.
Battleford was one of many communities that planned gatherings today to protest the ruling. Other protests and vigils were planned in Vancouver, Halifax, Toronto, and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
The sound of people chanting a Cree honour song mixed with the noon bells of the Peace Tower on the Hill, and event organizer Lynne Courchene says that Stanley’s acquittal symbolizes systemic racism in the justice system.
Courchene says she wasn’t surprised by the decision, the makeup of the jury and the reported absence of anyone of Indigenous descent.
(The Canadian Press)