(Toronto, February 26th, 2018) – The Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC) has released the following statement regarding the not guilty verdicts in the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine cases.
“The Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC) is shocked that Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier have been acquitted in the deaths of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine, respectively.
Indigenous people in Canada have lost faith in Canada’s justice system. The tragic deaths of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine have gone unexplained and their killers will not be held accountable.
The recent verdicts in the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine cases highlight the systemic racism that is pervading the Canadian justice system. Furthermore, the circumstances surrounding Tina Fontaine’s death show the failure in the child welfare system.
We send our condolences to the families of Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine, and to the communities of Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan.
The Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council remains committed to affecting changes in Canada’s justice and child welfare systems. It is unacceptable that Canada continues to fail Indigenous people. We look forward to working with all levels of government to see our recommendations implemented.”
The Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC) is the official youth voice for 133 First Nation communities in Ontario. The OFNYPC is formed of representatives from the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, Grand Council Treaty #3, Independent First Nations, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and the Anishinabek Nation.
Scott Cavan, Director of Communications, Chiefs of Ontario
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