Category Archives: Aboriginal Issues

Raymond Cormier not guilty of murdering Tina Fontaine

WINNIPEG — A not-guilty verdict Thursday for a man who had been accused of killing a 15-year-old First Nations girl he met on the streets prompted immediate reaction from Indigenous leaders who criticized the safety nets that were supposed to keep her safe.

A jury acquitted Raymond Cormier, 56, of the second-degree murder of Tina Fontaine after 11 hours of deliberation.

Twitter Fontaine Verdict

C’mon Justin open your mouth…

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Guilt over Aboriginals can lead to teaching children untruths. It’s happening in Canada

What do Australia and Canada have in common? Both are modern multicultural societies borne of British roots. Both are heavily reliant on resources and trade. Both have a passion for globally obscure professional sports. Both are largely empty in the middle. It’s a long list.

Here’s another: both display the same worrisome tendency to misrepresent past wrongs done to Indigenous people in order to exaggerate present-day feelings of guilt and shame. In this case, however, Australia has a significant head start on its northern cousin.

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Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould draw lawyers’ ire over remarks in wake of Stanley verdict

A criminal-lawyers group is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould of undermining the jury system through their remarks and actions after a not-guilty verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial in Battleford, Sask., this month.

The Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers says in a letter to Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Wilson-Raybould that their comments, their meetings with the family of Colten Boushie and their subsequent focus on jury reform sent a clear message “that this jury got it wrong.” The comments in particular, made in tweets after the verdict, were “unprecedented, inappropriate and quite frankly dangerous,” the council said. It demanded that the Prime Minister and Justice Minister apologize to the jurors.

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Foreigners start petition demanding GoFundMe drops fundraiser for Gerald Stanley’s family

An international advocacy group says it has collected thousands of names in a campaign calling for GoFundMe to remove a page that’s raising funds for Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley’s family.

The online petition launched by the group SumOfUs says the crowdfunding website is profiting from the death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man who died on Stanley’s farm in 2016.

A jury acquitted Stanley of second-degree murder in Boushie’s death earlier this month and a GoFundMe campaign to assist Stanley’s family has raised more than $200,000.

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Aboriginals need help that works

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week: “We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future.”

That contradicts what Indians and Inuit have always told me. Young or old, they don’t believe that legislation and phony recognition of aboriginality can enable themselves or their children for the much-vaunted Middle Class where they want to belong.

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Sixties Scoop adoptees want to scuttle $800M settlement, say ‘it’s just not gonna be enough’

A group of Indigenous Sixties Scoop adoptees is trying to scuttle a proposed $800-million settlement announced last year by the federal government, CBC News has learned.

“Our mission right now is to put a stop to this,” said Priscilla Meeches, one of the Manitoba-based plaintiffs in the national class-action lawsuit.

“We need a better settlement than this because there’s too many of us out there and at the end of the day, it’s just not gonna be enough.”

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John Robson: Stoking fiery division over the Boushie verdict doesn’t show you care

Many prominent Canadians appear to be in a vindictive mood over the tragic shooting of Colten Boushie. It seems terribly divisive and lacking in compassion.

A few, including the prime minister, paid lip service to fair trials. But their passionate extended remarks make publicly clear that they wish farmer Gerald Stanley, acquitted by a jury, had instead been convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

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GUNTER: After Boushie case, are we headed for Gladue 2.0?

In the spring of 2016, when the sexual assault trial of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi failed to produce the verdict the Trudeau government wanted, the government decided to change the law to make it even harder for men to defend themselves against rape allegations.

Canada at the time already had one of the toughest “rape shields” in the world – a set of laws and judicial precedents that made it difficult to raise a woman’s past sexual behaviour in court, thereby making it harder for a defendant to establish the alleged victim had given consent.

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MALCOLM: Half of prospective Boushie jurors were Aboriginal, opted out or were biased says member of jury pool

Almost half of the prospective jurors in the Colten Boushie case were Aboriginal persons, according to one member of the jury pool.

However, the reason there were no Aboriginal Canadians on the jury in this controversial case is because so many deliberately opted out of the process. Other First Nations prospective jurors, meanwhile, were openly and outwardly biased during the selection process, according to one prospective juror who spoke to the Sun.

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‘We have a problem here. It’s not a race problem. It’s a criminal problem’

‘It could have been me’: Some farmers say they are easy targets, donate to Gerald Stanley fund

Mark Pashovitz believes he and other Saskatchewan farmers are easy targets.

They live in rural, isolated areas where it often takes police longer to respond to crimes. And their farm vehicles and equipment are tempting for thieves.

That’s why he said he recently donated $1,000 to an online fundraiser to help pay the legal bills of Gerald Stanley, a white farmer acquitted last week of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a 22-year-old Cree man.

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White man speak with virtue signaling tongue… Trudeau to meet with Boushie family

White man speak with virtue signaling tongue… Trudeau to meet with Boushie family after not-guilty verdict prompts wave of anger


The long list of problems Colten Boushie’s family says marred the case…Most of which seem to have no bearing whatsoever on events pertaining to the trial.

Background… If this is true, the native community had best concentrate on cleaning up it’s own act.

 

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GUNTER: Boushie didn’t deserve to die, but activist responses aren’t the answer

It’s a shame Colten Boushie is dead. He seemed like a decent kid. He’d trained as a wilderness firefighter and as a short-order cook. He was trying to better himself.

He didn’t deserve to die that day in August 2016 when he and a group of friends drove onto Gerald Stanley’s farm near Biggar, Sask.

But Stanley’s acquittal on second-degree murder charges in a Sask. courtroom on Friday is not a travesty of justice.

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Liberal government signals ‘dramatic change’ in funding relationship with First Nations

The new transfer-style agreements being proposed by Minister Jane Phillpott, alongside the Assembly of First Nations, could mean some First Nations could get 10-year funding from the government for everything from housing to education to clean-water initiatives.

Gone would be some of the rigorous reporting requirements often attached to that cash.

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