February 13, 2018 (Listuguj, Quebec) – The community of Listuguj, in collaboration with the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government, would like to extend support to the family of Colten Boushie. In his honor, the Mi’gmaq Adult Immersion program will be holding a demonstration show solidarity with the Boushie and Baptiste family. All neighboring communities are welcome to attend a rally on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Subway parking lot in Listuguj.
Colten was a 22-year old from Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. On February 9th, 2018, a jury ruled that Gerald Stanley was acquitted of all charges.
“I think it’s important for us a First Nations community that we’re here to show support. Our Cree brothers and sisters are experiencing a difficult time, and we’re here to stand with them,” said Chief Gray.
“As youth of Listuguj, we felt the need to take action against such an unjust situation in any way we can. Listuguj stands in solidarity with Colten and his family and that we will not tolerate the unjust and racist treatment of our people,” said Madelaine Metallic.
“As a youth, this feels as a direct threat to our lives, that we have to live in fear on our own ancestral homelands. That as an indigenous person my life is worthless in the eyes of the Canadian Justice System. The fact that even though our people are outraged and stricken with grief, we are asking for recognition and not revenge,” said Rosalie LaBillois.
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