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Build an enduring relationship with First Nations – Toronto Star

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 201861 Views

The Colten Boushie case is more complicated than headlines can express.

Feb. 20, 2018

Is Saskatchewan a racist haven? Are First Nations relations there a disaster? No more and no less than anywhere else in Canada.

In the days following a jury’s decision to acquit a farmer in the shooting death of a young First Nations man, Colten Boushie, all I can tell you is it’s complicated. After a life spent in Saskatchewan, I can tell you everything you’re hearing on multiple sides of the debate is not necessarily all true. After a life spent in journalism, I can tell you that is always the case with big issues and big stories, no matter the issue. Such is the reality of fiery headlines.

Is it serious? Yes, the most serious issue Saskatchewan will ever face.

Is it real? Yes, and not just at the sterile level of public policy, but at an intensely human level as well. I am heartbroken when friend and Creative Fire colleague Bonnie Leask tweets: “I look over at my husband, my rock, my Cree man I worry for him, for me, for our family and our communities as I read ‘not guilty’ ever so gently, he holds me as I sob. I feel the strength we have together and know we will continue to fight for what is right in a system so wrong.”

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