Mushkegowuk Grand Chief on the Acquittal in the Colten Boushie Shooting in Saskatchewan
Moose Factory, ON (February 10, 2018): Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon of the Mushkegowuk Council in Ontario today issued a statement regarding the jury’s acquittal on Friday of Gerald Stanley on a charge of second-degree murder regarding the death of First Nation young man Colten Boushie in northern Saskatchewan:
I and my fellow Chiefs of Mushkegowuk Council and Omushkego Ininiwuk(First peoples) are deeply saddened by the fact that the killing of a young indigenous man by a bullet to the head will seemingly go without legal consequences for the shooter. We in Mushkegowuk Territory know first -hand that the legal system is very often unfair to First Nations peoples. In this case, the jury included no indigenous representation. “Our hearts go out to the family of Colten Boushie and the First Peoples of Red Pheasant Reserve. If RECONCILIATION is going to be the back drop in Canada that includes fairness for indigenous people in the legal system, then the system must be fixed. For far too long, First Peoples have been the victim of the system that is flawed. The LAW of the land have again failed the First Peoples in their own land says, Grand Chief Solomon”. Mushkegowuk Council is a tribal council of seven Cree First Nations on the shores and rivers of Western James Bay in northern Ontario.