#JUSTICEFORCOLTENBOUSHIE: Info 4 gatherings in #Ottawa, #Toronto & Other #Canadian #cities

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OTTAWA GATHERING FOR COLTEN BOUSHIE
WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ noon
WHERE: Parliament Hill


TORONTO GATHERING
WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 1 – 2 pm
WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street, Toronto

From the FB Event Page:
In honor of the late Colten (Coco) Boushie, we are calling for a day of action to show solidarity and support for the Boushie and Baptiste family. We’ll meet at Nathan Phillips Square to gather and hold a vigil.

Bring signs, candles, drums, and someone you love.

OTHER CITIES: 

From FB Event Page: 

Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old from Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. In August 2016, Colten was shot and killed on a farm while out for a drive with his friends.

On Feburary 9th, a judge and jury ruled that Gerald Stanley was acquitted of all charges.

In honor of the late Colten (Coco) Boushie, we are calling for a day of action to show solidarity and support for the Boushie and Baptiste family.

Gather wherever you are. Rallies and vigils by location will be posted here as soon as information is available.

GATHERINGS———
SASKATOON, FEB 10: 1pm at Court of Queen’s Bench, (520 Spadina Ave) https://www.facebook.com/events/965391253622025/

REGINA, FEB 10: 11am at Queen’s Bench Courthouse (2425 Victoria Avenue)
https://www.facebook.com/events/985660894918403/

OTTAWA, FEB 10: NOON – vigil on Parliament Hill.

EDMONTON: FEB 10 NOON – Edmonton Police Service (9620-103A Avenue) https://www.facebook.com/events/152886782000579/

EDMONTON: FEB 16: 6 pm – Alberta Legislature Building (10800 97 Ave NW)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1813815998642612/

VANCOUVER, FEB 10: 12:30 PST CBC Vancouver (700 Hamilton Street)
https://www.facebook.com/events/145891392744215/

VICTORIA, FEB 10: 11am in front of the BC provincial law courts. (850 Burdett Ave)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1585303884910267/

CALGARY, FEB 11: City Hall at 6pm https://www.facebook.com/events/143312106363874/

NIMKII AAZHIBIKOONG: prayer gathering

TORONTO: Nathan Phillips Square 1 PM Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2102118743162362/

KITCHENER-WATERLOO: FEB 11 10 AM – 12 PM, Victoria Park
https://www.facebook.com/events/399112210529622/

OPASKWAYAK CREE NATION FEB 10, noon, GLMCC parking lot at OCN sign. Wear Red! https://www.facebook.com/events/187089648714167/

PALM BEACH COUNTY FLORIDA: FEB 10 (Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center 129 E Ocean Ave)
https://twitter.com/ womeninblackpbc/status/962161688236777472?s=09

WINNIPEG, FEB 10 2-5 Odena at the Forks
https://www.facebook.com/events/143467939662410/

 

#JUSTICEFORCOLTENBOUSHIE

Illustration by @zola_mtl & zolamtl.tumblr.com

Colten was a 22 year old man who was murdered on Tuesday, August 9. He was out for the day with friends. On the way back home they got a flat tire. They drove down a farmer’s lane to get help. They chose the wrong farm. While sitting in the back of the car Colten was shot by the farmer whose laneway they drove down. In one article I read the farmer’s wife was reported as saying “that’s what you get for trespassing” to the surviving friends.

Last week the farmer, charged with second degree murder, pleaded not guilty and was let out on $10,000 bail.

After Colten’s murder was released in the news social media was full of people posting in support of the farmer, Gerald Stanley.

1 person posted “In my mind his only mistake was leaving 3 witnesses.” That person was Ben Kautz. Kautz is (was) a councillor for Regina. He was not fired for his post that advocated for the death of 3 people. Rather, he “offered to resign” after social media responses to his post put pressure on him. Kautz’s wife was reported as saying My husband removed his comment. I wish we could just leave it at that.

Kautz himself said “It was a stupid thing to say. It wasn’t serious, (but) the damage is done. I’ve got to live with it.”

Why the callousness and such disregard for the lives of these young people as well as lack of grace for what the mourning family, friends and community of Colten’s must be going through? Because Colten was from Red Pheasant First Nation. Colten, as an Indigenous male, was in the wrong place at the wrong time looking for help from a bigot.

Another city councillor was reported saying about Kautz’s comments ““I think everybody says something sometimes that they regret 10 seconds after. I don’t think you’re human if you haven’t.”

Equating hate speech as something we all do? Only people with bad hearts say things like this and don’t consider the weight, the impact and the hurt those words have.

I have been in arguments with people that say Canada isn’t racist. I have had one person concede that that racism is well – “benign racism.” I am not really sure what that means as racism is never benign. Maybe it means that if that person doesn’t have a weapon that the person on the receiving end of the racism won’t be injured or even worse killed, that racism in Canada is different because the gun laws here differ from the States? Maybe Gerald Stanley’s Canadian brand of benign racism might have had different results if he wasn’t holding a gun that he felt justification for shooting because they were on his “property.”

A life has been lost, a community impacted and the other young people with Colten that day have to carry that trauma now throughout their life.

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