An organization that represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan says it’s angry the Crown will not appeal the acquittal of the man who fatally shot Colten Boushie.
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says it wants a “forensic accounting” of the jury verdict that found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder. Federation Chief Bobby Cameron (pictured) says there should be a Royal Commission looking into systemic racism in Saskatchewan’s justice system. The Saskatchewan Crown says a verdict can’t be appealed just because people don’t agree with it.
The trial heard that Boushie was one of five young people who drove onto Stanley’s farm near Biggar in 2016. Stanley told the trial he fired warning shots to scare them away, but the gun accidentally went off again.
- No appeal for Gerald Stanley trial
- Probe to be launched by federal agency into RCMP investigation of Colton Boushie’s death
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said, “Today’s announcement that there will be no appeal is another devastating blow to the family of Colten Boushie, and yet another indication to First Nations that Canada’s justice system is failing them – that it is a system that is not, in fact, providing justice.” The announcement came only a day after the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) announced that it will review the RCMP’s handling of the Colten Boushie. Bellegarde says, “The CRCC review is important because a young man needlessly, senselessly lost his life. But the review is only one step in a larger, broader process that affects all of us. I said when the verdict was first released that this case clearly spells out the need for governments at all levels to work with First Nations to develop a national strategy to address racism in Canada.”