The Keyboard Warrior’s Handbook to #JusticeForColten

Hi again! You guys might have noticed I’ve slowed down on adding new articles & resources- partly because I've been busy and partly because less new sources, etc. are coming out. I've got some more stuff to add tomorrow & I will add more things as I come across them, but for the most part, this doc will be remaining in much the same state as it is now. Instead of expanding this doc, I've decided to make a sister doc which I will link here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xq2AY-64IJU8Ici4fXV00ey0bNTV2385Zjl0ntUD3pI/edit?usp=drivesdk

Resources on Tina Fontaine will be on the new doc ⬆⬆⬆ under MMIWG

 I really appreciate everybody who has added input & shared this around so that it is something that multiple people are actually using, which is fantastic. Please continue to comment and share ideas and input on continuing the keyboard warriors handbook to encompass broader issues and current events!

Here is what I have gotten together to help you fight injustice and racism from your computer or your phone. I encourage you all to show up in person to rallies, vigils, forums, etc. However, a lot of the racism is online, a lot of laundry being aired online, so that means there is work to be done online.

I put this together to try and make the online battle as easy as possible, I’m going to have comments enabled so you can help me flesh this out! Suggestions and additions are welcome! Hope this helps!

Also, thank you to the person who had really helpful input on my letter & more info on peremptory challenges and jury practices!

Thank you to Russell, for bringing to my attention that the term ‘First Nations’ is not inclusive of Metís and Inuit peoples, so I made the change from ‘First Nation’ to ‘Indigenous' as this is relevant to all indigenous people (I had been using the terms ‘First Nations’ and ‘Indigenous' interchangeably - they are not interchangeable!)

**Anyone have knowledge on justice and indigenous rights inquiries that have already taken place in Canada or SK? Or where I can start to look?**

Thank you!

Follow social media tags #trollcollector & #settlercollector or tag @whitenonsenseroundup on fb or @nowhitenonsense on twitter

PROVINCIAL VERSION of letter asking for an appeal, inquiry and change to jury selection practices

FEDERAL VERSION of letter asking for an appeal, inquiry and change to jury selection practices

Tips for white people speaking out on indigenous issues:

any articles I have read on case and trial loosely organized

posts on social media about personal experiences

The bigger picture: providing context & education ⬅start here if you feel the need to come on here & suggest I delete everything! Read one article, I dare ya!

Things to share & support

who am i

DISCUSSION GUIDE: JUSTICE FOR COLTEN BOUSHIE

http://www.idlenomore.ca/discussion_guide_justice_for_colten_boushie


Tips for white people speaking out on indigenous issues:

  • Don’t say “our indigenous people” or “Canada’s indigenous people”. Indigenous people are not a possession of us or Canada
  • If you are speaking of a specific nation, SPECIFY THE NATION. For Instance, Colten Boushie was a Nehiyaw (Cree) man from Red Pheasant Cree Nation. Use correct terms whenever possible, find out what the nation calls itself (Nehiyaw vs. cree, for example)
  • First and foremost, uplift Indigenous voices, share and prioritize their perspectives.
  • Don’t bother your Indigenous friends to tell you what you can do to help, figure it out yourself first if you can! Read their posts on social media, read articles written by Indigenous people, there are a lot of resources, don’t expect your Indigenous friends to do the work for you
  • Show up at rallies and get to know the community. don’t be scared of being called ‘white’ once or twice
  • You might make mistakes, find out what you did wrong and rectify it! It’s a steep learning curve for some of us, but speaking is always better than staying silent!
  • When looking at reconciliation as an ally ask yourself what it is you have to offer. - Pam Palmater

ALLIES, INDIGENOUS YOUTH NEED YOU NOW

https://northendmc.wordpress.com/2018/02/25/allies-indigenous-youth-need-you-now/

If you call yourself an ally to Indigenous people I need your attention right now because we have young lives that need to know they matter.


To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you because of great injustice that has taken place in our country: the killing of Colten Boushie, a Cree man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, for which Gerald Stanley was found not guilty.  

 

For too long, Canada has not valued the lives and livelihood of Indigenous people. For too long, Canada has actively perpetuated the deaths of Indigenous people and worked to keep them in a lower quality of life than the rest of Canada. To most of us, this is unacceptable.

Though some may like to hold us back in a racist colonial state, there are many of us who would like to see this country take a step forward, rather than a step back.

I implore you to use your position and platform to take steps towards changing this country and its justice system for the better:

First, I urge you to do all within your power to push for an appeal in the Gerald Stanley trial. Justice was not served and this verdict has set a precedent for more violence against Indigenous people, as well as showing how little our society values Indigenous life. This is a precedent that is harmful to all of us, and most troubling, causes Indigenous people to rightfully fear for their lives and the lives of their families.

Second, I call for an inquiry into the handling of the investigation of Colten Boushie’s death and the trial process. A third party needs to look into the handling of this case from start to finish.

Third, jury selection was a major issue in this trial. The Provincial Government needs to take steps to accommodate the creation of diverse and representative jury pools. This must be done in a way that addresses the systemic issues facing potential jurors. Jury members are paid $80 per day in Saskatchewan, less than what would be made working a full day for minimum wage. They receive no compensation for childcare despite the potential of being away from their families for a considerable amount of time. As well, the recent closures to the Saskatchewan Transit Company create further barriers for low income and otherwise marginalized people in Saskatchewan who are living in remote locations. All of these issues contribute to juries that are not sufficiently representative of the public and lead to inequalities within the justice system. The inequalities compound the effects of colonization and historical disenfranchisement experienced by Indigenous Peoples in the province and throughout Canada.

There is a clear divide in the voices speaking out on this issue. There are those of us who are speaking out for justice and there are those who are speaking out to justify shooting someone in the back of the head. Which side do you want to be on?

Sincerely,


Justice Minister of Saskatchewan (Hon. Don Morgan Q.C.)

jus.minister@gov.sk.ca

Premier of Saskatchewan (Scott Moe)

premier@gov.sk.ca

Glen Hart MLA of Last Mountain-Touchwood

ghart.mla@sasktel.net

 Contact the Saskatchewan Government

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/contact-us


To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you because of a great injustice that has taken place in our country: the killing of Colten Boushie, a Cree man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, for which Gerald Stanley was found not guilty.  

 

For too long, Canada has not valued the lives and livelihood of Indigenous people. For too long, Canada has actively perpetuated the deaths of Indigenous people and worked to keep them in a lower quality of life than the rest of Canada. To most of us, this is unacceptable.

Though some may like to hold us back in a racist colonial state, there are many of us who would like to see this country take a step forward, rather than a step back.

I implore you to use your position and platform to take steps towards changing this country and its justice system for the better:

First, I urge you to do all within your power to push for an appeal in the Gerald Stanley trial. Justice was not served and this verdict has set a precedent for more violence against Indigenous people, as well as showing how little our society values Indigenous life. This is a precedent that is harmful to all of us, and most troubling, causes Indigenous people rightfully fear for their lives and the lives of their families.

Second, I call for an inquiry into the handling of the investigation of Colten Boushie’s death and the trial process. A third party needs to look into the handling of this case from start to finish.

Third, the use of peremptory challenges of prospective jurors without giving any reason or justification needs to change. This practice, when gone unchecked, means that marginalized people will never be properly represented in juries. This is unacceptable and needs to change. There needs to be an amendment to the Criminal Code that allows for either side to object to peremptory challenges on the basis of race or any other ground protected by s. 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. An all-white jury just let a killer walk free because they empathise more with him than the victim, setting a deadly precedent for Indigenous people in Saskatchewan and in all of Canada. How can there be no representative of the perspective of the victim in the jury?

Sincerely,


Justice Minister of Canada

jody.wilson-raybould@parl.gc.ca

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

Ministry of Justice

mcu@justice.gc.ca

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca

Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada & MP for Regina-Qu’Appelle

andrew.scheer@parl.gc.ca


Articles

'He took my heart': Colten Boushie's father remembers kind, goofy son

http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4536590?__twitter_impression=true

Family and friends speaking about Colten.

Where we are headed:

Colten Boushie's death is a human rights issue, family tells UN

https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/colten-boushie-s-death-is-a-human-rights-issue-family-tells-un-1.3889056

Tootoosis said the family wanted to share their story but also advocate for all Indigenous people who have dealt with racism and the court system. She said her cousin's death showed it is no longer an Indigenous issue or a Canadian issue -- it is a human rights issue. "We are entitled to justice, fairness and equality, but it is denied," she said.

Seventy-days in, justice camp has no intention of pulling up stakes

http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/seventy-days-in-justice-camp-has-no-intention-of-pulling-up-stakes?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1525902142

Although 70 days have passed since Justice for Our Indigenous Children set up camp in front of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, its occupants show no signs of packing up despite a warning about a ban on overnight tenting. “I intend on staying here. If they’re going to kick me out, they’re going to have to drag me out in handcuffs,” Prescott Demas said in an interview Wednesday. He has been a regular face at the camp since its inception.

Sask. farmer Gerald Stanley receives $3,900 fine, 10-year weapons prohibition after firearm storage guilty plea

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/sask-farmer-gerald-stanley-receives-3900-fine-10-year-weapons-prohibition-after-firearm-storage-guilty-plea?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

Spencer also said a weapons prohibition is fine with Stanley, who “frankly, he wishes he had never owned a gun,” Spencer said.

How racial bias likely impacted the Stanley verdict

https://theconversation.com/how-racial-bias-likely-impacted-the-stanley-verdict-94211

The acquittal of Gerald Stanley was shocking. There’s no dispute that Stanley shot Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation, in the head at close range. By any reasonable account it was a wrongful killing that was either intentionally or negligently caused. However, the jury was not satisfied of either beyond a reasonable doubt.

More than $200K raised to support Boushie family

http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/more-than-200k-raised-to-support-boushie-family/wcm/9d75c30c-7142-4153-a9d5-f8436421b96d?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1522945876

She was struck by how much Boushie’s family members were doing for the the people of Red Pheasant First Nation and the wider Indigenous community. Even though they had lost a loved one, they were using Boushie’s death as a platform to advocate for Indigenous rights and to draw attention to the way Indigenous people are treated by the justice system. Lee said she wanted to make sure they had the financial support they needed to continue their activism and to continue healing.

Legal researchers across Canada delve into Stanley trial

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/legal-researchers-across-canada-delve-into-stanley-trial?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1521586488

Nine academics from across Canada have signed onto “Project Fact(A),” an initiative that involves studying several aspects of Stanley’s trial and writing about them in a way that’s accessible to everyone. They hope to release their first set of findings by the end of April. “One of the difficulties in thinking about this case is that so many people are speaking about it without actually being aware of what happened, aware of what the law is,” Tanovich said. “One of our goals is to show, had the law been properly applied, it very well could have resulted in a different outcome.”

RCMP 'sloppy' and 'negligent' in investigating Colten Boushie's death, say independent experts

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/rcmp-sloppy-and-negligent-in-investigating-colten-boushie-s-death-say-independent-experts-1.4564050

The experts CBC consulted agreed that errors were made, but did not conclude it would have changed the outcome of the trial.

It is time for us to learn something from the death of Colten Boushie

http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/it-is-time-for-us-to-learn-something-from-death-of-colten-boushie?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1520597103

Notwithstanding the RCMP’s plea to local residents to call police and avoid confrontations at all costs, some remained convinced they have the right to defend themselves and their property.
A smarter, less emotional conclusion is needed. Perhaps a better place to start would have been a conversation that is centred on rural policing costs that are a fraction of what city dwellers pay.
There are just too many conversations in which too many choose not to listen.

People worried about rural crime in Saskatchewan organize on Facebook

https://globalnews.ca/news/4072973/people-worried-about-rural-crime-in-saskatchewan-organize-on-facebook/?utm_source=GlobalSaskatoon&utm_medium=Facebook
Nick Cornea, who farms near Briercrest, said people are fed up with property crimes including stolen vehicles, agriculture equipment and fuel.
He said people feel they should be able to defend their families and their livelihoods, including the right to harm intruders on their land.

Reconciliation must include rural communities

http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/reconciliation-must-include-rural-communities?utm_content=buffer0d5e8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Since the verdict, I’ve seen expressions of shame about Saskatchewan, looking at it with disdain. But this isn’t a problem only for Saskatchewan. It’s a problem for the entire country. Racism against Indigenous people exists in Saskatchewan and elsewhere. It is fierce, and it is foul. It’s in our cities, governments, and in our unjust justice system… It’s important to recognize that in this era of reconciliation reports, conferences, speeches, and actions, somehow we’ve left out rural Canada. Access to reconciliation events, dialogues and programs is plentiful in cities. But what is available to rural Canada?

Gerald Stanley offers 'unreserved condolences' to Colten Boushie's family after the Crown elects against an appeal

http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/gerald-stanley-offers-unreserved-condolences-to-colten-boushies-family-after-crown-elects-against-appeal/wcm/f423267e-9c29-45bd-a491-0e0da18019d7?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

“There’s so many questions. Tell the truth. There won’t be any healing until that happens… We want our children to have just as much right to respect in the justice system as anybody else,” Jonathan said. “We don’t want any more. We don’t want any less.” That will happen through education and understanding “truths that are sometimes hard to listen to,” she said. Those conversations are “going to be difficult, scary and very uncomfortable,” but they “need to happen,” she added.

Human rights lawyers call for appeal and inquiry in Stanley case

http://battlefordsnow.com/article/598303/human-rights-lawyers-call-appeal-and-inquiry-stanley-case

“The verdict caused a crisis in confidence for a large section of the public,” Gail Davidson, executive director of Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada told paNOW. She said the verdict shook public confidence regarding "the ability of the legal system in Saskatchewan to carry out its duty [to provide] equal and non-discriminatory protection to First Nations people."

In Saskatchewan, the Stanley verdict has re-opened centuries-old wounds

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan-racism-gerald-stanley-colten-boushie/

Frequently, he is consumed by frustration: Stanley, says Brown, “never said sorry for killing Co Co. He doesn’t know what we feel. He doesn’t know what he did to us.” But on the drive home from the cemetery, he reflects on his cousin’s life. Lately, he has come to believe that Boushie is toiling every bit as hard after his death as he did before it, opening countless eyes to the perilous road his people must travel.

How Idle No More helped mobilize thousands for Justice for Colten movement
http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4552879?__twitter_impression=true

"It's a reckoning moment. The Justice for Colten era is definitely a new generation. We are experiencing the Canadian legal system and the failure of the Canadian colonial project," Mylan Tootoosis said. Jade Tootoosis agrees. "This road won't end today, it won't end tomorrow, and it won't even end with the trial. It will keep going past that."

Timeline:

Shooting of Colten Boushie: A timeline

https://www.google.ca/amp/thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/shooting-of-colten-boushie-a-timeline/amp

What happened on Gerald Stanley's farm the day Colten Boushie was shot, as told by witnesses

http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4520214?__twitter_impression=true

Jury selection:

Stanley trial exposes problems with jury selection, say legal experts

https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4517610

Gerald Stanley trial aftermath: How to avoid appointing all-white juries

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/gerald-stanley-trial-aftermath-how-to-avoid-appointing-all-white-juries/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

In Saskatchewan, a trial’s jury selection reveals a legal injustice

http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/in-saskatchewan-a-high-profile-trials-jury-selection-reveals-a-legal-injustice/amp/

Andray Domise on the possible consequences of removing Indigenous people from the jury pool for the trial of the man accused of killing Colten Boushie

Colten Boushie’s family should be upset: Our jury selection procedure is not fair

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/colten-boushies-family-should-be-upset-our-jury-selection-procedure-is-not-fair/article37787115/

Justice System:

Teach-in focuses on systemic injustices towards Indigenous people in wake of Stanley verdict

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/teach-in-focuses-on-systemic-injustices-towards-indigenous-people-in-wake-of-stanley-verdict

Asked how a divided province can come together again, Worme said, “It can’t be one-sided, it cannot be just First Nations and Indigenous people making all of the compromises and simply shaking this off as another incident of injustice that we have to eat.”

Canadian justice system needs overhaul in light of Gerald Stanley verdict

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/indigenous/opinion-gerald-stanley-colten-boushie-shooting-verdict-1.4537925

How can someone get away with lifting a pistol, pulling the trigger and shooting someone in the back of the head, and not go to jail?

RCMP's handling of Boushie family's complaint to be independently reviewed

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/rcmps-handling-of-boushie-familys-complaint-to-be-independently-reviewed/amp

Anger over Colten Boushie holds important lessons for Canada

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/opinion/editorials/2018/02/12/anger-over-colten-boushie-holds-important-lessons-for-canada.html

How doubly tragic it would be if Canada does not learn the lessons of the understandable outrage over the case of Colten Boushie.

‘Systemic racism’ toward natives in justice system, Frank Iacobucci finds

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/02/26/systemic_racism_toward_natives_in_justice_system_frank_iacobucci_finds.html

“We can’t continue to treat First Nations as objects. We have to be partners. I don’t care if it is in the justice system or economic development. It is going to take time.”

Put yourself in a juror’s shoes: Here is the full transcript of the judge's instructions to the Gerald Stanley jury

http://leaderpost.com/news/put-yourself-in-a-jurors-shoes-here-is-the-full-transcript-of-the-judges-instructions-to-the-gerald-stanley-jury?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1518638429

This is kind of a tough read but good for knowing exactly what the jury was working with and to use as backup if u see somebody asserting something that didn't happen, (like that the rifle barrel in the car was pointing out the window, or that stanley was aware of the presence of the barrel before it fell out of the vehicle)

Colten Boushie case: the legal system continues to fail Indigenous people

https://www.mcgilldaily.com/2018/02/colten-boushie-case-the-legal-system-continues-to-fail-indigenous-people/

There is only one victim in the Boushie murder trial

http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/there-is-only-one-victim-in-the-boushie-murder-trial?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

This is a murder trial. If it were a trial about theft, it wouldn't be be drawing the attention it now is.

Canada’s prisons are the ‘new residential schools’

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/canadas-prisons-are-the-new-residential-schools/

A months-long investigation reveals that at every step, Canada’s justice system is set against Indigenous people

Murder vs. manslaughter
https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.1155132

How the law distinguishes between various types of culpable homicide

The long list of problems Colten Boushie's family says marred the case

http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4532214?__twitter_impression=true

White Privilege & Racism:

Canadian Institutions Are Deadly Racist

http://www.themanitoban.com/2018/03/canadian-institutions-deadly-racist/34081/

Institutional racism – particularly, the systemic devaluation of Indigenous lives – is as Canadian as maple syrup… White Canadians and Canadian institutions kill Indigenous people and then excuse themselves for it in courts they designed and operate. The state of Canada is a racist colonial institution that has always, and will always, protect the interests and lives of white Canadians at the expense of Indigenous people and people of colour in general. Do not forget that for a second.

Dumont: Yes, this nation has a racism problem

http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/dumont-yes-this-nation-has-a-racism-problem/wcm/37332c34-0749-4ec5-b399-d9843a5e9ba4?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1519840754

There are those who say racism played no part in this case. If so, then why challenge visibly Indigenous jurors? If there is no racism involved here, then why am I seeing racist messages on social media stating that “the only good Indian is a dead Indian” in every possible permutation that you can imagine?... [But] racism is something can be changed; being racist does not have to be a permanent condition.

The myth of the Wheat King and the killing of Colten Boushie

https://theconversation.com/the-myth-of-the-wheat-king-and-the-killing-of-colten-boushie-92398

“Why was it a criminal offence to refuse to let your children attend residential schools? Just because.
Why did we need permission from an Indian agent to leave the reserve? Just because.
Gerald Stanley, not guilty. Just because.
Indigenous people are looking for an acknowledgement that the pain of racism is real, and that racism can influence how Canada determines justice. Beyond a spoken recognition, we look for a remembering of the deep history of injustice aided by law, and how that carries into today. What we do not need is this resting on the tradition, idealism and imagined sanctity of the criminal justice system.”

‘Clearing the plains’ continues with the acquittal of Gerald Stanley

https://theconversation.com/clearing-the-plains-continues-with-the-acquittal-of-gerald-stanley-91628

The Stanley decision demonstrates yet again that not only are white farmers above the law, but young Indigenous men may well be below it. That is, they cannot rely on the protection of settler law because it is not designed to protect them.

Martin Luther King informs Gerald Stanley trial

http://www.pulpitandpolitics.ca/2018/02/martin-luther-king-informs-gerald-stanley-trial/

But we Canadians have greater difficulty in naming the oppression in our own country. In Gerald Stanley’s murder trial his lawyer said that for farm people such as Stanley “your yard is your castle” – implying that one can justifiably defend that castle against unwelcome intruders by any means available.  The historical irony here is too blatant to be missed. Boushie’s Indigenous ancestors were forcibly displaced from their homeland by governments representing Stanley’s ancestors, and my own grandparents who were also settlers. Yet today whites are reaching for their guns to keep Indigenous people off of their property.

How Reporting on Colten Boushie’s Death Changed Me

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/gy8894/how-reporting-on-colten-boushies-death-changed-me

Saskatchewan is so different from the rest of Canada. You can feel the racism towards Indigenous people and it manifests itself insidiously in our workplaces, schools and on our streets. You can witness a fraction of it on social media on a daily basis. Hundreds of everyday people comment and tell people of colour that Colten’s death (and his killer’s acquittal) was not a race issue when they haven’t experienced any form of racism a day of their lives.

Don’t Ask Me To Cheer For Team Canada When We’ve Failed Tina Fontaine And Colten Boushie

http://www.chatelaine.com/opinion/tina-fontaine-colten-boushie/

I don’t care whether or not Tessa and Scott are dating. I’m not broken up because our women’s hockey team didn’t manage to strike gold for the fifth time in a row. While I recognize how important these Games are to the athletes who train for years in preparation, I find it hard to conjure up patriotism while these recent verdicts remind me of the deep, systemic barriers Indigenous youth face not only to simply surviving, but also to getting justice once they are gone.

Boushie verdict fallout sparks allegations of threats, harassment

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/colten-boushie-verdict-online-hate-1.4536661

"Generally people have the sense that, 'I can do anything on the internet.' That's just simply not the case. What's unlawful in real life is unlawful online" Warman sees no issues with calling attention to someone's public utterances online or potentially where they work. But he also said it's problematic to mention family members who aren't involved — and it's also a criminal offence to threaten violence.

The killing of Colten Boushie and Canada's hypocrisy

http://www.aljazeera.com/amp/indepth/opinion/killing-colten-boushie-canada-hypocrisy-180219143228584.html

Canadians are largely unrepentant settlers on native land who have, historically and systematically, employed every "legal" means conceivable, and deemed necessary, to continue to colonise, marginalise, stigmatise, demonise and brutalise indigenous peoples as forgettable, expendable, disposable commodities.

Why has Colten Boushie’s mother had to work so hard just to prove her son’s humanity?

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/why-has-colten-boushies-mother-had-to-work-so-hard-just-to-prove-her-sons-humanity/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Sometimes I think I’m paranoid, that I’m reading racism into every encounter. But then I consider the violence of Gerald Stanley, the jury who acquitted him, the violent racist vitriol that has been directed at Indigenous people online during the trial and its aftermath, and the Mountie who believed Colten “got what he deserved.” I’m frightened of what some dangerous, armed stranger could think my son deserves one day.

The real “justice” denied to Boushie

http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/february-2018/the-real-justice-denied-to-colten-boushie/

And whether one identifies outright with the privileges of settler society or insists that Canadian institutions are fallible but colour-blind, this cost continues to be paid by Indigenous peoples.

Column: Disappointed by comments about local rally

https://www.pentictonwesternnews.com/opinion/column-disappointed-by-comments-about-local-rally/

The death of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man, at the hands of Stanley, a white farmer, is a Rorschach test. As you gaze into the dark ink blots of newspaper coverage, how you interpret the shapes is an indication of your own life experiences.

Colten Boushie case a 'painful reminder' racism is global, says daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4537664

All mouth and no ears: Settlers with Opinions

https://theconversation.com/all-mouth-and-no-ears-settlers-with-opinions-83338?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton

This one is a good closing argument & a good read!

One more dead Indian
Canada has given Indigenous people nothing but injustice

https://ricochet.media/en/2126/one-more-dead-indian

Fearing the warlike savage, fearing the delinquent criminal, Gerald Stanley drew his weapon, and, in an instant, became those things himself.

Colten Boushie and Settlers’ Justice

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/02/13/Colten-Boushie-Settlers-Justice/

Indigenous peoples were prohibited by the 1867 Indian Act from homesteading on the prairies. In section 70 we had “Disabilities and Penalties,” confining Indigenous families to a maximum of 160 acres for a family of five (much less for smaller families). By contrast, settlers could gain free land: “160 to 320 acres per head of family.”

Racist threats expose 'something very rotten' in Sask., says Idle No More co-founder

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/saskatchewan/racism-threats-colten-boushie-verdict-gerald-stanley-1.4530844

Far-Right Giving Money to Gerald Stanley, Man Found Not Guilty of Killing Colten Boushie

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/59k37b/far-right-giving-money-to-gerald-stanley-man-found-not-guilty-of-killing-colten-boushie

RCMP Facebook group claims Colten Boushie ‘got what he deserved’

http://aptnnews.ca/2018/02/15/rcmp-facebook-group-claims-colten-boushie-got-deserved/

No good fixing justice system unless racism in Sask. is tackled, too

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/saskatchewan/racism-saskatchewan-legal-attitude-changes-gerald-stanley-trial-1.4533752

Colten Boushie's death illuminates Indigenous-settler friction and rural-urban divide

Colten Boushie and our insidious white privilege

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/colten-boushie-and-our-insidious-white-privilege/article36837481/

After Boushie: It’s time for honest talk about racism in Saskatchewan

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/after-boushie-its-time-for-honest-talk-about-racism-in-saskatchewan/article31537479/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

Cuthand: With the not-guilty verdict in the Stanley trial, we continue to live in a deeply flawed society

http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/cuthand-we-can-only-ask-for-justice/wcm/76cfbd7d-b22a-41ac-b561-9cb720b62905

Gerald Stanley has been found not guilty in the killing of Colten Boushie but the there are no heroes or a no white knight — only people caught up in a tragic series of events, writes Doug Cuthand.

Gerald Stanley And The Fear Of The “Indian”

http://www.canadalandshow.com/gerald-stanley-colten-boushie-and-fear-of-the-indian/

In newspapers, films, TV, and books, white Canadians are taught to see Indigenous people as animals.

A Killing in Saskatchewan
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/opinion/colten-boushie-killing-saskatchewan.html?referer=android-app://m.facebook.com

It took me years to find the courage to call out racism when I see it. Canada doesn’t have that long… Until our leaders — and regular Canadians — state plainly that Canada has a problem with racism, indigenous people will continue to have their lives cut short.

Sask. religious leaders vow to 'work for peace and reconciliation' in statement on Gerald Stanley verdict

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/saskatchewan/gerald-stanley-colten-boushie-sask-bishops-1.4538955

Guns, self-defense:

Guns are not the answer when protecting property

https://www.producer.com/2018/03/guns-not-answer-protecting-property/

If there is one lesson from the tragic death of young Colten Boushie, it is this: introducing a gun into a volatile situation is a perilous mistake.

Rural dwellers lament that it has come to this — their way of life is being affected. It’s lamentable, yes, but much less lamentable than killing someone.

Why Gerald Stanley’s Defence Doesn’t Make Sense To Gun Experts

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/mb575a/colten-boushie-why-gerald-stanleys-defence-doesnt-make-sense-to-gun-experts?utm_campaign=sharebutton

Somerset said the rhetoric around self-defence that’s emerged from the Stanley case shows that people don’t actually think Boushie’s death was an accident, but a justified killing.

Gerald Stanley's defence of a hang fire 'accident' key to jury decision

http://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4526255?__twitter_impression=true

No, rural Prairie dwellers, you can’t shoot to protect your property

http://www.macleans.ca/news/no-rural-prairie-dwellers-you-cant-shoot-to-protect-your-property/

Gerald Stanley never claimed such a right, but his trial resurrected a dangerous fallacy among residents that could cause future grief

Gerald Stanley trial: Cartridge had 'unusual bulge,' but gun didn't appear to be broken, expert tells jury

https://www.google.ca/amp/thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/gerald-stanley-trial-chief-justice-instructs-jurors-after-conflicting-witness-testimony-in-colten-boushie-death/amp

Rural crime:

It’s Okay Kindersley, You Really Don’t Need To Be Afraid (For Your Truck).

https://oursask.ca/2017/03/21/its-okay-kindersley-you-really-dont-need-to-be-afraid-for-your-truck-anymore/

(STATS ON RURAL CRIME FROM UP TO 2015, STILL GOOD -j)

In the meantime, while this nonsense gets sorted out, nobody gets to play some twisted version of God and decide whose life is worth taking, nevermind whether that life is worth more than property.
You don’t get to kill people, even people doing bad things, who aren’t trying to kill you first.
Even if you think there’s a chance that they might kill you, but at the moment are only actively messing with the contents of your shed so you can’t say for sure, you don’t get to kill people.
You just don’t.

Alberta man charged after farm shooting met with applause outside courthouse

https://globalnews.ca/news/4073161/alberta-man-charged-after-farm-shooting-met-with-applause-outside-courthouse/?utm_source=GlobalSaskatoon&utm_medium=Facebook

'What are we supposed to do?' Confusion over defence rights in rural Sask.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/rcmp-rural-crime-town-hall-purdue-saskatchewan-1.4570920

"These farmers in these rural areas are a lot more protected," Cappo said.

"And we ain't grabbing guns and shooting people."

Cappo said he has had break-ins on his property, but has never turned to violence.

"The issue is racism, and the issue is people are uneducated," he said.

'A life is a million times more valuable than your quad': Crime watch organizer urges peaceful solution to rural crime issues

http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/a-life-is-a-million-times-more-valuable-than-your-quad-crime-watch-organizer-urges-peaceful-solution-to-rural-crime-issues/wcm/58a9552e-944a-4da9-ab29-8a7ed53524fb?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

Forgive us our trespasses

https://www.newleafnetwork.ca/forgive-us-our-trespasses/

Repentance is not about feeling guilty or about apologizing, repentance is about changing our behavior, about doing the long work of redressing wrongs no matter how long it takes, it’s about reconciliation.

Social media posts:

People who know a lot about stuff sharing knowledge:

SK lawyer laying down some facts. This totally breaks down “self defense” or “protecting your property” arguments!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10160217096300571&id=514000570

A twitter thread speaking about why this is about race:

https://twitter.com/chriscorrigan/status/963090074727411713

Twitter thread about how the rcmp was literally formed to defend white property over indigenous life

https://twitter.com/WordsandGuitar/status/964115316816007168

Breaking down common stereotypes and misconceptions

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215264417580869&id=1147314126

Original posters follow up

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215295568359619&id=1147314126

Being a shitty white settler:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1929678784028855&id=100009602552937

Being a shitty white settler follow up post:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1932866723710061&id=100009602552937

white experiences:

I used to be racist

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156352703240338&id=758200337

you want to talk about love, saskatchewan?

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215819893549609&id=1212939505

when i was 13 i was picked up by the RCMP

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159911495500612&id=596710611

white people i am talking to us

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=905182312979369&id=100004628251014

first nations experiences:

I am taking the time to write this because you are my friend and my relative

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155094663491746&id=528176745

In truth and reconciliation, TRUTH comes first

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10160109859200145&id=796215144

Like many of you, today i wake up still numb

https://m.facebook.com/groups/78400172156?view=permalink&id=10155288864347157

I am so heartsick and angry

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156351270358933&id=725878932

There is a sad, cynical  loneliness that comes with this reality.

https://twitter.com/FancyBebamikawe/status/964982015778050053

Gun use:

White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mound Cities
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/white-settlers-buried-truth-about-midwests-mysterious-mound-cities-180968246/

During the last 100 years, extensive archaeological research has changed our understanding of the mounds. They are no longer viewed as isolated monuments created by a mysterious race. Instead, the mounds of North America have been proven to be constructions by Native American peoples for a variety of purposes. Today, some tribes, like the Mississippi Band of Choctaw, view these mounds as central places tying their communities to their ancestral lands. Similar to other ancient cities throughout the world, Native North Americans venerate their ties to history through the places they built.

Thoughts on gun safety, listening to Indigenous perspectives

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156370522855166&id=571930165

I've been around guns since i was 12

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10100697054071042&id=119101874

The bigger picture:

Dark Matters

https://hazlitt.net/longreads/dark-matters

Unlike my sister and me, Colten didn’t steal anything. So what did Colten, a twenty-two-year-old nêhiyaw man, deserve? To be killed after a day out with friends? To have the white man who fired the bullet that ultimately led to his death cleared of all legal and criminal responsibility for killing him? How is any of this “not about race”?

There can be no reconciliation as long as Indigenous lives are expendable

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/02/23/there-can-be-no-reconciliation-as-long-as-indigenous-lives-are-expendable.html

Through the verdicts in these two trials, Canada has clearly reinforced feelings of hopelessness. These decisions show young Indigenous people, the fastest-growing demographic in the country, that their lives simply aren’t valued as much as other Canadians.
What’s worse is all that came after the verdicts. Canadians flooded comments sections, spaces on social media, and told Indigenous youth that this is justice.

This is our Alabama

http://www.macleans.ca/archives/this-is-our-alabama/

From July 1963: Following the killing of a young Indigenous man near North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Peter Gzowski traveled to the area to report on ‘the harsh realities that are setting whites against Indians in Saskatchewan—and may soon touch off a national conflict unless we can find more wisdom than the South’

A Statement on Structural Racism in Canada

https://anthropologyas.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/a-statement-on-structural-racism-in-canada/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Saskatchewan: A special report on race and power

http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan-a-special-report-on-race-and-power/

How the death of Colten Boushie became recast as the story of a knight protecting his castle

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/how-the-death-of-colten-boushie-became-recast-as-the-story-of-a-knight-protecting-his-castle/article37958746/?cmpid=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitterl

The Killing of Colten Boushie and Outcome of Gerald Stanley's Trial Represent a Bigger Problem

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/the-killing-of-colten-boushie-and-outcome-of-gerald-stanleys-trial-represents-a-larger-problem/amp?__twitter_impression=true

The Gerald Stanley Verdict Shows There’s No Justice for Indigenous Peoples

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/a34e3p/colten-boushie-the-gerald-stanley-verdict-shows-theres-no-justice-for-indigenous-peoples

The Stanley verdict and its fallout is a made-in-Saskatchewan crisis

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/amp/opinion/the-stanley-verdict-and-its-fallout-is-a-made-in-saskatchewan-crisis/article37945105/?utm_medium=Referrer%3A%2BSocial%2BNetwork%2B%2F%2BMedia&utm_campaign=Shared%2BWeb%2BArticle%2BLinks&__twitter_impression=true

We’re in no mood for explaining ourselves to Canada

https://waynekspear.com/2018/02/11/were-in-no-mood-for-explaining-ourselves-to-canada/

Opinion: Stanley acquittal demonstrates systemic injustice for brown people facing Canada’s courts

https://tworowtimes.com/op-ed/opinion-stanley-acquittal-demonstrates-systemic-injustice-brown-people-facing-canadas-courts/

The Prime Minister’s Indigenous Rights Framework Changes Nothing

https://waynekspear.com/2018/02/15/the-prime-ministers-indigenous-rights-framework-changes-nothing/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Someone once said that government doesn’t give you your freedom, you have it already—if you exercise it. That’s true of all people, but it’s doubly and triply true for Indigenous people, who would have vanished entirely, like a narrow river into the ocean of Canada, if things had gone as originally planned.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada

About this course: Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Unsettling Canada
A National Wake-Up Call

https://btlbooks.com/book/unsettling-canada


Things to share & support:

Canada: Address Concerns in Shooting of Colten Boushie through Adequate Appeal and Independent Investigation | Letter

https://www.lrwc.org/canada-address-concerns-in-shooting-of-colten-boushie-through-adequate-appeal-and-independent-investigation-letter/

JUSTICE FOR COLTEN OPEN LETTER FROM INDIGENOUS FACULTY AND ALLIES
Open Letter to University Presidents from Indigenous Faculty Members and Allies

http://www.idlenomore.ca/justice_for_colten_open_letter_from_indigenous_faculty_and_allies

Open Letter: Colten Boushie, Indigenous Peoples and the Need for Real Change to Canada’s Justice System

http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/open-letter-colten-boushie-indigenous-peoples-and-need-real-change-canada’s-justice-system

Justice for Colten NOW Petition

https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/justice-for-colten-boushie?bucket=&source=twitter-share-button

Justice for Colten Boushie Petition

https://www.change.org/p/supreme-court-of-canada-justice-for-colten-boushie

https://www.gofundme.com/justice4colten

“All funds raised will go to the Boushie/Baptiste Family - care of Colten's mother, Debbie - to support them in their time of mourning and healing, for their legal costs, and on their continuing journey for justice.
We believe that Indigenous youth deserve safety and the ability to travel freely on these lands without fear of racism or persecution. We are not trespassers.
ᓂᓱᐣ'ᑐᐊᐧᐠ
[nison'towak] - they hold one another”


Hi, my name is Jessie.

I read a lot of articles and do a modest amount of arguing online. Please contact me if you have any ideas or input on the Keyboard Warriors Handbook

 j.hopestueck@gmail.com

You can also find me on twitter @jessiesaysstuff