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Wynne talks about Boushie case, justice in Sudbury visit –

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 2018172 Views

February 13, 2018

Ontario’s premier told Laurentian University students Monday that Canada must “do better” to ensure Indigenous people are treated fairly by the justice system.

Standing inside Laurentian University’s Indigenous Sharing and Learning Circle, Premier Kathleen Wynne was asked about the controversial Colten Boushie case in Saskatchewan. Last week, an all-white jury cleared white farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder in Boushie’s shooting death.

Stanley claimed Boushie and three other men came onto his farm on Aug. 9, 2016 and attempted to steal an all-terrain vehicle, so he brandished a gun to scare them off.

He said the gun accidentally went off, however, killing Boushie, 22, who is of Cree background, with a bullet to the head.

The defence team challenged all possible jurors who were visibly Indigenous during jury selection. The jury’s not-guilty verdict has outraged First Nation communities across Canada.

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