'Justice for Colten' rally draws dozens in Vancouver after not-guilty verdict

After closing arguments from the Crown and defence the judge will instruct the jury on how to deliberate Gerald Stanley's fate

After closing arguments from the Crown and defence the judge will instruct the jury on how to deliberate Gerald Stanley's fate

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. "That's where you belong".

In a scene played out across the country Saturday, about 250 people gathered in front of the Victoria courthouse to protest after a white farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man.

"Enough", she said. "We're going to fight back ..."

Winnipeg Centre member of Parliament Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who is originally from Red Pheasant First Nation - the same First Nation in Saskatchewan Boushie came from - called Boushie's death an "abject failure of our society to make sure that this didn't happen". On Friday, the defendant was found not-guilty by an all-White jury.

"This is meant to be an event of prayer and peace in a time of mourning" - that's the word from a local organizer, who is planning a gathering in Kitchener this Sunday to remember Colten Boushie. This is what the Indian Act gets you, this is what the residential school system gets you, this is what the forced removal of Indigenous peoples to reserves gets you.

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Both Langdon and Yerxa said they hope the vigils will provide some form of comfort to the Boushie family by letting them know that there are people who care about them and Colten right across the country.

Events are planned for Sunday and Monday in Kitchener-Waterloo, London, and Calgary.

Eight-year-old Mariposa Horsley stood beside her mother and brother and held a sign that read Everybody Matters. "I think the perception that's been created here is just terrible in terms of the integrity of that trial and whether racism played a part". "It's a small way we can offer continued support for the long road they face in terms of seeking justice for Colten, for themselves, and really for all of us in this country". Post them with comments. On Twitter, the hashtag #JusticeForColten was trending in Montreal throughout the day.

Kinew said this case has revealed that there are issues of racism and inclusion in the justice system.

Canada speaks its eternal truth.

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"We want to continue to work towards a reconciled future alongside our non-First Nations neighbours but this verdict will become our biggest challenge moving forward while trying to maintain a respectful dialogue with everyone involved".

"This is the time to recognize that we are all victims in a colonial system of division", he told the crowd.

Dyck is an Indigenous senator from Saskatchewan, where the trial in Battleford polarized citizens racial views and politicians warned people to react responsibly.

Stanley's supporters have used the episode to call for USA -style "stand your ground" self-protection laws.

Jolibois said she and other Indigenous leaders would like to see an inquiry into what happened called.

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