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AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde calls for national strategy to address racism following Stanley verdict – Regina Leader-Post

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 201874 Views

AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde said the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People should be used as a framework to start addressing systemic issues facing Indigenous people.

February 11, 2018

Assembly of First Nations national Chief Perry Bellegarde believes he has a backer in the federal government in his wish to see an improved justice system for Indigenous people in Canada.

Speaking in Regina the day after a North Battleford jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty in the shooting death of 22-year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie, Bellegarde said he supports the call for an inquiry into the investigation and trial around Boushie’s death, and hopes it could lead to major changes in the justice system.

Many have noted the lack of Indigenous representation on the jury in Stanley’s trial, something federal Justice Minister Jodi Wilson-Raybould said is a concern for her and the Liberal government.

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