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Sask. RCMP 'Fueled Hate' After Indigenous Man Shot Dead, Say Chiefs


A 22-year-old First Nations man was shot dead on a Saskatchewan farm on August 9, and farm owner Gerald Stanley has been charged with second degree murder. Now a First Nation group has called out the RCMP's response to Colten Boushie's killing for stirring up "racial tensions."

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations released a statement condemning the RCMP's choice of words in a next-day press release. The statement said three passengers in Boushie's car were taken into custody "as part of a related theft investigation," adding another male youth "is being sought." The federation says allegations that Boushie and his friends were attempting to steal from the farm played into racist attitudes.

"It fueled a lot of hate from people who have racist tendencies anyways. That's what it served to do," said vice chief Kimberly Jonathan. Chief Bobby Cameron added the release "provided just enough prejudicial information for the average reader to draw their own conclusions that the shooting was somehow justified."


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