Paula Simons: Colten Boushie case exposes a rural Canada tipping to anarchy


A verbal back-and-forth ensued and Stanley fired a handgun, hitting Boushie. But the idea that a man could use a gun to defend his own property was implicit - if unspoken. On Friday, a jury acquitted Stanley.

Fougere said he's heartbroken for Boushie's family. "We are angry, we are upset, and we are hurt".

Justice Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould is working on reforms to address inequalities in how the justice system treats indigenous people, she said. It happened five or six years ago, he recalls.

On Twitter, both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tweeted condolences to the Boushie family, tweets that seemed to suggest they also found the verdict hard to accept.

Trudeau, who has pledged to fix the relationship between the government and Canada's aboriginal people, said it is time to take a "rights-based approach" to decision-making in partnership with indigenous peoples. "We need to stand in solidarity", said Regan Ratt-Misponas, a co-organizer of the gathering and president of the Indigenous students council at the U of S.

You don't need me to go over the details of the incident, especially since every media outlet in the province - whether it's in print form, online or on TV - has covered every nook and cranny of the case to the point where I'm nearly begging to see something else hit the news and take over the headlines.

Politicians have also leapt into the debate, in some cases inappropriately. But even if the shooting was accidental, Stanley could have been guilty of manslaughter.

In a case such as this, where there is a real danger jurors might be blinded by racism or stereotyping, it's baffling why the Crown didn't issue challenges for cause over potential bias, Roach said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) took three of the car's occupants into custody following the shooting, part of a separate investigation. They allege the officers were callous in how they informed the family of Boushie's death and then immediately searched the home. The vehicle in which Colten died was left it in the rain for two days, so important evidence was washed away.

That prompted shouts from the opposition benches, members of which had assailed Trudeau and his Indigenous justice minister over the weekend for their strong reactions on social media in the wake of the verdict. According to Boushie's family, Clayton and his four companions pulled into Stanley's farm after a flat tyre.

"F-king indian", wrote one poster. Reconciliation represents something different to every person and Indigenous Nation. "After we are all gone they're going to have to deal with this system we set up", Beatty said.

Reconciliation is already a struggle as everyone, including governments, tries to define what it is and what they want from it. Enough killing our people. Right now so many people believe there was no justice for Colten Boushie and are trying to find ways to find justice and peace for him.

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis continues and horrific acts of violence continue.

But indigenous communities say that process has been halting and slow. That the justice system can allow such verdicts is beyond the comprehension of most Indigenous peoples. This demonstrates that our Indigenous populations are not considered "peers".

Provincial leaders also heard the calls for change, with Premier Scott Moe saying the province needs to listen carefully to the concerns.

"We need to be better than this and we are at our best when we talk".