The acquittal of Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley charged with the second-degree murder of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, leaves the victim’s family with ”little to no faith in the justice system”.
(Colten Boushie/Facebook / Liam Richards/Canadian Press)
Several family members headed to Ottawa to meet with cabinet ministers to discuss the treatment of Indigenous Canadians in the courts.
After meeting with Indigenous-Crown Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, members of Boushie’s family say they feel more hopeful.
Tuesday the family’s expected to sit down with Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
Family lawyer Chris Murphy says the trip’s about building relationships with politicians and officials, not asking for an appeal.
”There’s no way that relationships across the country are going to change unless there’s empathy on both sides,” said Murphy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, ministers Wilson-Raybould and Philpott took to Twitter to share their opinions after the verdict was announced.
Wilson-Raybould said Canada ”can and must do better.”
She defended her comment Monday saying the tweet was about the justice system in general.