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Quebec begins hearings in inquiry into relations between Indigenous people and province’s public service

February 12, 2018 5:23 PM
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Mohawk elder Sedalia Fazio says the timing of the hearings is difficult given the not-guilty verdict in the death of Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan.

MONTREAL—An inquiry that has been examining the relations between Indigenous people in Quebec and the public service has begun two weeks of hearings in Montreal.

Sedalia Fazio, a Mohawk elder who presided over the opening prayer, says the timing of the hearings is difficult given the verdict in the death of Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan.

A jury deliberated 13 hours before finding a white farmer, Gerald Stanley, not guilty last Friday of second-degree murder in Boushie’s slaying.

Fazio says the feeling of injustice in the 2016 death of Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation, brought back memories of her own son’s experience at the hands of law enforcement.

Source: thestar.com

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