Supporters of Colten Boushie protest Friday's verdict, after Gerald Stanley was acquitted in his death.
Until then, those like Tchekwie Deranger will continue to call for justice in a system they're struggling to keep faith with. "Nevertheless an all white jury formed the twisted view of that obvious truth and found Stanley not guilty". Moments earlier, the presiding judge had urged calm despite the "raw emotions" felt by those in the room. Instead, some suggest, it was about the decisions of Boushie and his group of friends that drove onto Stanley's property.
Court has heard that Boushie was shot in the head with a handgun while he was sitting in the driver's seat of an SUV that had been driven onto Stanley's farm near Biggar, Sask. "Even by Stanley's own testimony, this was definitely manslaughter", Paul Champ, a human rights lawyer in Ottawa, said in a Twitter post on Friday.
On Saturday morning, Sen.
"Today I grieve for my country", it begins. But I am going to say we have come to this point as a country far too many times.
"There's years of history that went behind that gun shot that took that life. we have to understand that as a nation", said Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North. "I know Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike know that we have to do better".
"We have to call on governments to work with us and develop (an) anti-racism plan and strategy", he said, adding that there should be a complete overhaul of the justice system, which he said is rife with systemic racism.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's push for reconciliation of Canada's troubled history with its indigenous people particularly resonates in the town of Battleford, in the central part of Saskatchewan province.
In Toronto, a rally staged on Saturday drew a crowd of more than 200 people.
Ben Kautz, a member of the municipal council in Browning, Saskatchewan, wrote, under his full name, in a Facebook page for farmers, now defunct, that Stanley's "only mistake was leaving three witnesses".
Defence lawyer Scott Spencer has argued Boushie died as a result of a "freak accident" when the gun hang fired and that Stanley never meant to hurt anyone. Spencer has not issued any comment on the verdict yet.
Gerald Stanley, 56, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie from the Red Pheasant First Nation in August 2016. "We're going to pray, we're going to smudge, we're going to offer tobacco, really be together as a community in this emotional time", she said.
Organizer Eriel Tchekwie Deranger says the group chose to march down city streets illegally, without a permit, in defiance of the legal system that ultimately failed Boushie.