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Boushie verdict: No justice without Indigenous people in the system, says lawyer – CTV News

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 2018191 Views

February 12, 2018

Public comments made by political leaders about the verdict in the Colten Boushie case can’t undermine the justice system when it comes to Indigenous people because it is already fundamentally broken, says a Native lawyer.

Pam Palmater, associate professor and chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, says a lack of Indigenous people working within the justice system means they face systematic racism as victims and accused.

“That’s been a problem from the very beginning. No visibly Indigenous police officers, Crown counsel, defence counsel, jury, judges, corrections, I mean, all the way around this is a non-Indigenous system,” Palmater, who is Mi’kmaq, told CTV’s Your Morning Monday.

“Society, unfortunately, and government has allowed to move forward dispossession, oppression and racism of Indigenous people with almost complete impunity. And this case is just a prime example of that.”

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