To: Jody Wilson-Raybould, Federal Justice Minister & Don Morgan, Justice Minister SK

I demand justice for Colten Boushie NOW

To Jody Wilson-Raybould, Federal Justice Minister & Don Morgan, Minister of Justice in Saskatchewan:

Demand an immediate appeal of the verdict as well as a public inquiry into the administration of justice surrounding the investigation and trial of Gerald Stanley.

Why is this important?

Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old from Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. In August 2016, Colten was shot in the back of the head and killed by Gerald Stanley.

On Friday, an all-white jury found that the accused -- Gerald Stanley -- was acquitted of all charges.

The administration of justice in this case, from beginning to end, reeks of racism.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs are calling for an immediate appeal of the verdict and an inquiry into this "gross miscarriage of justice”. A massive petition will show federal and provincial Justice Ministers that there is cross-country support for these demands.

Sign the petition calling for an immediate appeal and inquiry..

Please also consider donating to the Boushie/Baptiste family, to support them in their time of morning and healing and on their journey for justice: https://www.gofundme.com/justice4colten

Here’s a recap of what happened:
Gerald Stanley, a white man from North Battleford SK, shot Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man, in the head.

The RCMP responded to Boushie’s death by storming his family’s home with guns drawn, searching Boushie’s house without a warrant and accused his mom of drinking.

When the case went to court, Indigenous people were systematically excluded from the jury. Those left with the power to decide Stanley’s fate would be all white.

Despite expert evidence and testimony that the gun didn’t fire accidently, Stanley was fully acquitted of any responsibility — even manslaughter — for Boushie’s death.

This verdict is a striking example of how racism still persists in Canada’s justice system.

There needs to be an immediate appeal and special inquiry into the administration of justice in this case immediately. The Minister of Justice in Saskatchewan has power to launch an inquiry and call for an immediate appeal of the verdict. Justice Minister Jody-Wilson Raybould, who has spoken out about the verdict, has the political weight to make it happen.

Sources:

Stanley says he shot Boushie in head: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/colten-boushie/article32451940/
Federal Minister speaks out: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/we-have-to-do-better-trudeau-reacts-to-gerald-stanley-verdict-1.3798036

All-white jury: http://www.macleans.ca/news/the-gerald-stanley-verdict-is-a-blow-to-reconciliation-and-a-terrifying-one-at-that/

Indigenous leaders call for inquiry: http://www.ckom.com/2018/02/09/238156/

To support Colten's family in their time of mourning and healing, and on their journey for justice, please donate: https://www.gofundme.com/justice4colten

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Reasons for signing

  • It's appalling that this is still happening to indigenous people in Canada. All Ca adians can demand justice NOW for Boushie and too many others.
  • A full acquittal ? What a joke. I seriously am disgusted by the jury...
  • I think white allies should be mad. We should be angry and we should be devastated by the verdict of the Stanley trial. It’s not fair for Indigenous folks to carry the burden of systemic racism, colonialism, and a broken justice system alone any longer.

Updates

2018-02-12 21:56:47 -0500

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