Boushie family vows to return to Ottawa

ROBINET: We can do better, Canada

A debate on the experiences of Indigenous people in Canada's justice system is scheduled for Wednesday in the House of Commons.

Wilson-Raybould said in a tweet that Canada "can and must do better", after a jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie. It was from that community that Stanley's jury was selected. These are the people of a community.

If nothing changes, then it will be a big barrier to reconciliation. The decision devastated Boushie's family, who announced following the verdict that they would meet with government officials and demand changes to Canada's justice system.

Helen Betty Osborne was abducted and murdered in The Pas in 1971.

Her mandate letter said that would include being part of a ministerial working group - alongside Philpott and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould - tasked with developing this new "recognition of rights framework and ensuring the Crown is fully executing its legal, constitutional, and worldwide human rights obligations and commitments, including constitutionally protected treaty rights". Those are the peremptory challenges that everyone is now talking about after the Gerald Stanley trial - the ability to simply say yea or nay for no apparent reason. That is something people have noted for a long time.

"While the practice of challenging people without having to give a reason is sanctioned by the Criminal Code, we question the logic and fairness of allowing the practice to continue when its application can prevent Aboriginal people from sitting on a jury exclusively because they are Aboriginal", the inquiry report said.

If only men sat on juries for women, don't you think there'd be people up in arms?

Additionally, First Nations people are far more likely to commit suicide and far less likely to have a post-secondary education than the average Canadian. You don't need a gun, guns are not made to shoot people they're made to hunt animals.

"She said Mr. Trudeau told her: "'Things need to change.

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"We've had 150 years of racist colonial behaviour and policies in Canada, and this decision of the court now becomes part of the fabric of historical violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples", Varga said in a statement.

Jury selection in Saskatchewan courtrooms is more akin to watching a plodding bingo game than an action-packed, crime show.

"There is a social responsibility to ensure that their right to be on the jury is assisted by the state".

"We are standing united against violence", she said. The trial came and went and the First Nation man was found not guilty. It also recommended that all jury summonses be enforced, even when a sufficient number jurors have responded.

There are clear indications that there are gaps in the Canadian justice system that have to be addressed, from the composition of juries to the way that judges are educated about sexual assault to the courts' understanding of what constitutes the ability to legally consent, to the treatment of indigenous Canadians by the court system.

It also recommended that jurors be drawn from within 40 kilometres of where the trial is held. The driver said they went to Stanley's farm looking for help with a flat tire.

Now, 27 years since the AJI report, Sinclair plans to travel to Ottawa this week to push for reforms recommended in his almost three-decade-old report. But the difference, I suspect, is that there'd be more faith that justice was done - and seen to be done. "And to take advantage of that by putting forward some remedies that will be acceptable now".

That sentiment has been shared widely across Canada in the days following Stanley's verdict, with the hashtag #JusticeForColten still trending as of Monday.

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