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Boushie's mother speaks out

The emotions were raw at demonstrations across Canada on Saturday to protest the acquittal of a white Saskatchewan farmer in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man.

The atmosphere was particularly charged at a rally in North Battleford, where the victim's mother delivered an angry, defiant address near the courthouse where the verdict was delivered the night before.

"White people — they run the court system. Enough. We're going to fight back," Debbie Baptiste told a crowd of roughly 100 people, some of whom carried signs reading Indigenous Lives Matter. "They're not sweeping us under the carpet. Enough killing our people. We fight back."

The defence for Gerald Stanley had argued that his gun accidentally went off, killing 22-year-old Colten Boushie with a single shot to the back of the head in a "freak accident."

"That ain't no freak accident," said Baptiste. "Go to hell, Gerald Stanley. That's where you belong."

Alvin Baptiste, Boushie's uncle, said it has been a difficult time for the family, but he called the rallies a good start toward changing the system.

"I want to take this all the way to Ottawa," he said. "Indigenous people have never received justice throughout Canada. This is white-privileged justice that has happened to my family. A whitewash."

Baptiste said he had a meeting scheduled with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe in Saskatoon on Saturday, but he also wants to sit down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"The prime minister has spoken so many words, but has never heard our words," he said.

Trudeau addressed the case Saturday at a news conference in Los Angeles, where he was wrapping up a trip to the U.S.

"I'm not going to comment on the process that led us to this point today, but I am going to say we have come to this point as a country far too many times," he said.

"Indigenous people across this country are angry, they're heartbroken, and I know Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike know that we have to do better."

Supporters of the Boushie family held rallies in cities across the country Saturday to show solidarity.



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