“Justice for Colten!”
The tearful and passionate cry was heard often at the courthouse in downtown Regina Saturday morning, as the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism held a rally to show their displeasure with the not guilty ruling administered to Gerald Stanley and to advocate for change in the treatment of Indigenous peoples.
Several people took to the stage to express solidarity and their anger with the ruling. One of those people was Walter Redfeather, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nations and a personal friend of the Boushie family.
He says he’s shocked by this and change is desperately needed.
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“In the back of mind, I knew something like this would happen, that we’d be railroaded again by the court system,” said Redfeather tearfully. “It has to stop. The court system is against us right now, it always has been!”
Other people in attendance at the rally shared the same thoughts as Redfeather, including Raquel Butler.
She says it wasn’t surprising to hear the verdict, but says she wants one thing out of this, something she feels hasn’t been heard yet.
“(I want) just some honesty.”