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Decolonization through peaceful diplomacy needed after not guilty verdict, rally hears – Starphoenix

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 2018169 Views

After not guilty verdict in Stanley trial, a Cree academic calls for “peace, diplomacy and healthy confrontation” to mobilize against the racist colonial systems that oppress Indigenous people.

February 12, 2018

The acquittal of Gerald Stanley tells Mylan Tootoosis the time has come for decolonization, through peaceful political means.

“As Indigenous people we live in a colonial time. We live in a time where injustice is the norm, where injustice is to be expected,” Tootoosis, a doctoral student in the department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, told an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 people at a Saskatoon rally Saturday. His areas of expertise includes Indigenous governance, decolonization, Prairie livelihood and populations, water security and Indigenous sustainability.

The crowd, which included an equal number of non-Indigenous people, had come to the Court of Queen’s Bench calling for justice for Colten Boushie, the 22-year-old Cree man who was shot to death in 2016 by the farmer who was found not guilty after saying his gun “just went off.”

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