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Negative news overshadowed a strong year of reconciliation for Indigenous people – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 7, 201931 Views

Jan 05, 2019

People worked to improve race relations despite challenges like Gerald Stanley trial, trespassing law changes

To assess the progress or lack of it for Indigenous people in 2018 you must go back and look at a few events in isolation.

First the trial of Gerald Stanley for the killing of Colten Boushie was a watershed event for race relations for Saskatchewan. When a visibly all-white jury acquitted Stanley, racial polarization in Saskatchewan came to the surface.

After the verdict was read, Stanley was rushed out the door and the jury took flight. Boushie’s family was upset but violence was never contemplated. Both the accused and the jury could have left the courthouse with much less drama instead of the fear and panic that followed. This action showed the apprehension that exists toward Indigenous people among settler society.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/indigenous-people-reconciliation-2018-1.4965339

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