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Rural group’s resolution to expand rights to defend about crime, says president – CP

by ahnationtalk on March 17, 2017144 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 16, 2017 

SASKATOON _ The president of the Saskatchewan of Association of Rural Municipalities wants to meet with the chief of an indigenous group about a contentious resolution the association passed this week at its annual convention.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is upset with the resolution calling on the association to lobby the federal government to expand the rights and justification for people to defend themselves, persons under their care and their property.

FSIN said it was “shocked and disgusted at the violent intentions” behind the resolution and links it to the fatal shooting of an indigenous man on a farm near Biggar, Sask.

SARM president Ray Orb says the resolution was not directed at anyone in particular.

He says it’s more about a rise in the number of break-ins and thefts in both rural and urban areas.

Orb says he would like to see his group and FSIN work together on issues such as policing, fire protection services and economic development in rural areas because those issues affect members of both groups.

“We have been told that the emphasis is the search for drug money and also obviously, there are some people out of work that are desperate. In some cases, they may be going to someone else’s property, stealing things and then reselling them.”

Colten Boushie, who was 22, of the Red Pheasant First Nation, was shot and killed Aug. 9 while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm.

The farm owner, Gerald Stanley, is charged with second-degree murder. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for early April.

Orb has said the association has been working with RCMP to find a solution to better protect rural residents.




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