BCMF Demands Justice for Colton – Dark Day in Canada

Vancouver, BC – BC Métis Federation leadership has joined the chorus of Indigenous leadership across Canada condemning the acquittal of Mr. Stanley in the Colton Boushie case from Saskatchewan ruled this past Friday.

BC Métis Federation Secretary Joe Desjarlais attended a rally in Vancouver this weekend (Saturday) held at the CBC building in support of Colton Boushie’s family. There were hundreds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in attendance. The anger and frustration was evident in the speeches and comments demanding justice of Colton. Some words spoken included:

  • “What happened to Colton is a symptom of colonialism”
  • “I have no respect for Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister), for Jody Federal Justice Minister), it’s just words…”
  • “For every Indigenous person we bury we lose the future and it keeps on happening”

This protest was significant in that this took place in front of the CBC media establishment. The initial responses from politicians and the silence and complicity of Canadian media gatekeepers amount to a ‘pattern of denial’ and whitewashing the idea that race continues to shape our everyday realities, and that it is embedded into the Canadian institutional formation and social relations, that this pattern of denial is part of the actual structure of racism.

BC Métis Federation Secretary Desjarlais stated, “the event was powerful and personally unsettling as I have children of similar age.” BC Métis Federation Secretary Desjarlais added, “this is wrong and it’s clear to all that many Canadians are calling out white supremacy and colonialism and that Prime Minister Trudeau must change his approach toward First Nations, Metis and Inuit.”

BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “This case illustrates why the fight for Indigenous rights, including the Métis, is so important. While we hear talk of reconciliation these cases go on and once again we see how killing an Indigenous youth was somehow justified in Canada. This is a tragic and dark day to thousands of people trying to support reconciliation. BC Métis Federation is demanding justice for Colton and his family.”

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3 Responses to BCMF Demands Justice for Colton – Dark Day in Canada

  1. Lauretta February 12, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

    It’s time for action. We have been silent long enough. It is time for good people to stand together for what is right. The justice system is failing and there are too few in government who are willing to go against the status quo. It is our sacred duty to protect our children. When the state becomes lawless and corrupt it leaves no choice but to resist. #idlenomore

  2. Robin February 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    I am a proud Métis and now I’m a “not so proud Canadian”.

    This is certainly not careless use of a firearm this is careless use of the word “Justice”

    When I read the brutal way that the RCMP presented the death of Colton to his mother than I know the real word was unjust, was this also a careless use of authority? Seems like we have come a long ways just to find ourselves back restarted from. That’s the definition of being lost.


  3. anna February 14, 2018 at 7:32 am #

    After viewing the contents of the trial and circumstances, I am at odds at taking a position. Understandable the racial tension for the last 300 years there is a larger picture at work here.

    The poverty on the Red pheasant reserve and gang activity is on the rise, one only needs to look at the Bouchies facebook page pictures that show drug/alcohol use, and riddled with gang hand symbols, and gang tattoo’s. Disturbing is a picture of a 3 year old with sunglasses and bandanna over his face, and holding his hands in a gun fashion towards the camera on William Bouchies facebook. Perception is everything as to attitudes towards our Indigenous population. There has been a rapid growth of local regional gang activity, this is a fact. Pictures tell 1000 words

    The evidence at trial shows a rifle, and the attempted theft of a neighbors vehicle and a quad, is the murder justified? This is where i am at odds if anyone has been to saskatchewan the rural areas are void of any instant RCMP attendance, what are property owners to do to protect their property ? Understandable the fear out there by the non-Indigenous population.

    I believe there has to be a lot more education and assistance to our up and coming youth both on and off reserve, as so these unfortunate events do not occur.

    My thoughts

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