We are not given space and time to grieve in peace. As we mourn Colten, we face waves of racism.

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On Fri­day Ger­ald Stan­ley was found not guilty in the death of Colten Boushie.

I felt the dis­ap­point­ment from across the coun­try, and within my­self.

It’s a time of mourn­ing and frus­tra­tion for all of us. Indige­nous Peo­ples have made it very clear this is the type of so-called jus­tice we see time and time again.

But we are not per­mit­ted the space and time to grieve in peace. While we mourn Colten, we also face on­com­ing waves of racism.

A Go­fundme was started for Stan­ley. And while many do­nated anony­mously, oth­ers opted to do­nate un­der the names of Indige­nous lead­ers, such as Saskatchewan-based Fed­er­a­tion of Sov­er­eign Indige­nous Na­tions chief Bobby Cameron or for­mer At­tawapiskat chief Theresa Spence, pre­sum­ably in an ef­fort to an­tag­o­nize. Af­ter the ver­dict, Indige­nous jour­nal­ist Robert Jago

wrote a

piece for Me­di­aindi­gena, an Indige­nous pub­li­ca­tion. But few peo­ple read it there, be­cause shortly af­ter it was pub­lished the web­site was hacked and taken off­line.

Tues­day it was still off­line, ac­cord­ing to its of­fi­cial Twit­ter feed. It’s not clear, the feed said, whether the site was “di­rectly tar­geted” with a hack. “But still frus­trat­ing as hell,” they tweeted.

It’s like we’re forced to deal with child­ish bul­lies while also griev­ing for Colten and his fam­ily.

But while we con­tinue to mourn, we are fight­ing back and build­ing each other up.

When Me­di­aindi­gena went down, other pub­li­ca­tions of­fered to post Jago’s piece, like Rab­ble, Canada­land and Na­tional Ob­server.

When the #Jus­tice­for­colten hash­tag was flooded with anti-indige­nous mes­sages, a new hash­tag called #Set­tler­col­lec­tor was cre­ated, call­ing on sup­port­ers to in­ter­vene when racist or hate­ful com­ments popped up on


Over the

week­end, hun­dreds of peo­ple ral­lied across Canada call­ing for changes to the coun­try’s jus­tice sys­tem. It was a huge mo­ment of sup­port not only for the fam­ily, but also for each other. What hap­pened to Colten is some­thing that could have hap­pened to any of our fam­ily mem­bers. It’s im­por­tant to be around peo­ple who un­der­stand that re­al­ity.

Politi­cians, from the prime min­is­ter to Jus­tice Min­is­ter Jody Wil­son-ray­bould have made state­ments of sym­pa­thy and called for change.

“As a coun­try we can and must do bet­ter,” said Wil­son-ray­bould.

On Mon­day, the Boushie fam­ily was in­vited to Ot­tawa to speak to cabi­net min­is­ters and Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

In th­ese times, we must take care of each other, and be re­minded that we mat­ter. It’s im­por­tant for us to come to­gether and show our sup­port to Boushie’s fam­ily and Indige­nous youth who see them­selves as Colten.

And to non-indige­nous peo­ple, adding your sup­port is sim­ple: be an­gry and de­mand change with us. If some­thing isn’t right, call it out when you

see it.

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