It was a chilly Saturday afternoon in Yorkton, where a rally was held to support the family of Colten Boushie, but those in attendence managed to brave the cold.
Some had signs that said “justice for colten”, “native lives matter” and “privilege must end; equality now.”
To show their support for the family, the entire group walked down Broadway Street East for what appeared to be roughly three blocks before the RCMP blocked the road, and as a result had to turn around.
Gina Daniels was the person who got the ball rolling on the rally. She says its encouraging to see people in the community stand up against the not guilty verdict that was given to 56-year-old Gerald Stanley on Friday evening.
“I’m very glad that we have a lot of people here. We understand that we have a lot of supporters in the major cities and all over Saskatchewan and Canada.” she said.
Trevor Severight is a Band Councillor for the Cote First Nation and was at the rally.
He says the fact Gerald Stanley was acquitted in the August 2016 shooting death of Boushie crushed him.
“It’s very heart-wrenching to me and my heart goes out to the Boushie family,” he said. “I just call out on all leadership, in Saskatchewan, Canada and around the world to bring out your people and support this movement, support the family, and support the injustices of First Nations people because it’s been going on for too long.”
Robert Severight was also there. He says he found out after going to a movie theatre with his wife. His first reaction was shock and “right away felt anger”.
He said he can only imagine what the Boushie family was going through during the trial.
“What a thing to go through to sit there in that courtroom,” Robert Severight stated. “I couldn’t even imagine how they felt sitting there listening to that verdict.”
After the jury’s decision, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Kimberly Jonathan urged all First Nations people to be calm and peaceful.