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How the Canadian legal system fails Indigenous people like Colten Boushie: U of T expert – UofT

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 2018196 Views

The verdict in the Colten Boushie case has provoked outrage across the country and prompted reflection about how the justice system treats Indigenous people.

After 15 hours of deliberation, the jury acquitted Gerald Stanley, a farmer, of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation.

Stanley shot Boushie at close range on Aug. 9, 2016, in what Stanley’s lawyers claimed was a freak accident.

After anger over Stanley’s acquittal spilled over into protests, and Boushie’s family went to Ottawa to advocate for legal reform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to “fix the system in the spirit of reconciliation.”

One problem that has often been highlighted is the under-representation of Indigenous people on juries.

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