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Gerald Stanley acquittal renews calls for justice reform 27 years after Manitoba inquiry – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 2018230 Views

Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in 1991 called after two high-profile killings of Indigenous people in Manitoba

Feb 13, 2018

Two high-profile killings in Manitoba three decades ago propelled the provincial government to launch an inquiry into the barriers Indigenous people face in the justice system.

Now, in the wake of the recent acquittal of white Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the fatal shooting of Red Pheasant First Nation member Colten Boushie, calls for judicial reform echo many of the recommendations of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba.

Much of the criticism of the Stanley verdict has focused on the use of peremptory challenges by the defence to eliminate all visibly Indigenous people from the jury (CBC has no way to verify if any of the jurors were Indigenous).

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