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Saskatchewan premier says government should discuss Indigenous jury representation

February 12, 2018 9:30 PM
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Scott Moe’s comments follow a jury with no visibly Indigenous people finding Gerald Stanley not guilty in the trial for the death of Colten Boushie.

SASKATOON—Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he is open to discussions about having more Indigenous representation on juries.

His comments come in the wake of a jury with no visibly Indigenous members finding a Saskatchewan farmer not guilty after he shot a young Indigenous man in the head.

Gerald Stanley said he accidentally killed 22-year-old Colten Boushie while trying to scare a group of young people off his property in August 2016.

Moe says the jury’s verdict must be respected and two families will never be the same after the shooting.

But he says policy-makers, including the province and the federal government, should still talk about how to make the justice system better for all.

Saskatchewan’s justice minister says the Crown has yet to determine whether it will appeal the verdict.

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