PAGC to host rally in solidarity with Boushie family

By paNOW Staff
February 10, 2018 - 4:26pm

The Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) has announced plans to hold a rally at the Court of the Queen’s Bench to stand in solidarity with the family of Colten Boushie for Sunday at 4 p.m., followed by a supper and candlelight vigil at the Senator Allan Bird Memorial Centre.

This comes in the wake of Gerald Stanley being acquitted of all charges Friday night in the shooting death of the 22-year-old on Stanley's farm outside Biggar.

In a statement, PAGC said it "joins the nation-wide call for fundamental change to the provincial and federal justice system."

"It has been 150 years since the Treaties were signed, yet First Nations continue to face injustices and discrimination at all levels of society," Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte was quoted as saying. "It is important now, more than ever before, to end the deep systemic racism embedded in the judicial process and bring meaning to the tragic loss of this young man."

He went on to say the verdict represents another test of "what ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ truly means."

"If we are to build a fair and just society, then we must all stand together in solidarity and call for Canada – its legislative, executive and judicial -- to expedite this change through purposeful dialogue and concrete policies on matters ranging from policing to jury selection to Indigenous representation," he said.

 

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Calls for unity, justice reform at Boushie solidarity rally in P.A.

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