BATTLEFORD, Sask. – A lawyer for the family of an Indigenous man shot and killed by a farmer says she is worried that the Saskatchewan government’s move to change trespassing laws could stoke racial tension.
Eleanore Sunchild says the focus of last month’s throne speech on trespassing laws and increased policing in rural communities sends a concerning message.
Sunchild represents the family of Colten Boushie, who was fatally shot two years ago by farmer Gerald Stanley.
Stanley was found not guilty of second-degree murder after testifying that his gun went off accidentally.
He said he had been trying to scare away young people he thought were stealing from him.
The throne speech said the Saskatchewan Party government plans to introduce legislation to better balance the rights of rural land owners with those of the public.
Sunchild says that could promote vigilantism and has left Indigenous people worried about driving on rural roads.
Justice Minister Don Morgan says he is prepared to meet with Indigenous groups to discuss their concerns .