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WATERLOO—Workers helping First Nations people in the justice system are using their knowledge and experience to add pressure for changes in the wake of the Colten Boushie killing verdict.
The five Indigenous justice coordinators from across southwestern Ontario are calling on the Prime Minister, federal Justice Minister, and Ontario Attorney-General to address the need for equity for Indigenous people in the justice sector “to repair the injustices and betrayals that have occurred and continue to occur.”
The coordinators, who help guide First Nations people with legal issues in some of Ontario’s largest cities, call on the two levels of government to implement three separate Calls to Action by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. They hope that their letter encourages improvements in light of the verdict in the Colten Boushie death, says Luane Roberts, IJC in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.
The letter says First Nations have “a justified, continuing mistrust of the justice system as Indigenous people have been overrepresented in the legal system, marginalized, traumatized and retraumatized due to legal processes, a legal system that has not allowed for the integration or even recognition of Indigenous laws and legal principles.”