Local rally planned to honour Colten Boushie

14.02.2018 15:21
By: Cam Hallas

Organizers hoping for a peaceful protest

Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - Add Brandon to the list of cities holding demonstrations in the wake of the Gerald Stanley verdict.

A group of local residents will be hosting a rally Thursday in memory of Colten Boushie, the young aboriginal man that was shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm in 2016.

"Just to honour his life and to show our disappointment in the verdict that someone in this country can get murdered, and the murderer can walk away free," said organizer Greg Monias.

Despite tensions held at similar events across the country, Monias said he's hoping for a peaceful protest.

"This is a racial issue but we don't want to perpetuate any hate or any racism out of this. We want to engage in dialogue with people and make sure that that conversation... there's not any racism coming out of it."

It's expected that turnout will be large, and Monias said everyone in the community, indigenous or not, is welcomed to attend.

"We have Chief Francine Meeches from Swan Lake First Nation coming, we have some representatives from the Brandon city police coming, some members from city council, and a few professors from the university."

The round dance and candlelight vigil in honour of Boushie takes place Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m. at Princess Park.