“We still support each other, no matter how far we are from each other. We still support each other.”
– Lela George, organizer of ‘Justice for Colten’ march
Earlier this afternoon, people collected at Victoria Park gates to protest the verdict of the case of Colten Boushie.
Boushie was a 22 year-old Cree man who died after a gunshot wound to the head. Gerald Stanley was recently found not guilty of second degree murder in Boushie’s death.
This ruling has uprooted voices from communities across the country.
People collected at Victoria Park and flooded Richmond Street marching in protest of the verdict.
Lela George organized the event after hearing calls for it within her community.
“The reason why I put on the event, was pretty much called out for by the community.”
Indigenous and non-native peoples stood side by side, agreeing aloud when George called for an end to racism.
Drew is a mixed Indigenous Londoner who was first at the Victoria Park rally. Drew was there to support and bring light to issues he sees facing his community.
“I’m here to raise awareness that our legal system needs to change. It serves, at this point to serve racist ideals and colonial attitudes.”
He hopes that Boushie’s case will be appealed or will see a retrial. Drew ultimately wants to hear people continuing to raise concerns on Indigenous matters