Justice for Indigenous youth

A group of protesters gathered outside the Penticton Law Courts Monday afternoon calling for justice in response to two controversial acquittals in the murder cases of Indigenous youths.

Colten Boushie, 22, of the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan, was shot and killed in the summer of 2016 by farmer Gerald Stanley after he and his friends drove up to Stanley's rural property, allegedly looking for help with a flat tire.

Tina Fontaine, 15, of the Sagkeeng First Nation in northern Manitoba, was found wrapped in a duvet and weighted down by rocks in Winnipeg's Red River in August 2014. Raymond Cormier, 56, was charged with her murder.

Both trials resulted in acquittals within the last two weeks, sparking outrage in Canada's Indigenous community.

Monday's rally in Penticton follows several similar rallies in western Canada calling for "Justice for Colten" and "Justice for Tina" in recent days, including a Regina rally on Saturday which blocked a major intersection and an Edmonton rally on Sunday. 

At Penticton's rally, one protestor took to the loudspeaker to make her personal stories of racism heard.

"I have six sons, and as far as I know, out of six of them, five of them have been exposed to unprovoked assaults," she said, adding that this was a problem Canada-wide.

The group of roughly 40 protestors beat drums, chanted, held hands and raised up hand-drawn signs.

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