A young indigenous man out for a joy ride with his friends. An old white farmer with a gun collection large enough to equip a small army.
A gun that goes off "accidentally" and an "accidental bullet" that hits Colten Boushie in the back of the head.
An all-white jury that acquits Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder.
How cheap is aboriginal life.
And welcome to Saskatchewan.
No, the province isn't the home of all the anti-native bigots in this country. But it has far too many, and more than its share.
For where else would a local councillor dare say this?
"Stanley's only mistake was leaving three witnesses."
Where else would this freak in Regina feel free to post this threat?
Where else would the Premier of Saskatchewan have to beg for an end to a torrent of online abuse aimed at those mourning the death of one of their own?
And while we're at it, what kind of country do we live in where so much hatred is directed at its poorest and most marginalized people?
So much hatred in fact that the CBC doesn't dare run comments after any story about indigenous issues.
And yes, Perry Bellegarde, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is right.
The decent people of this country expect more, the First Nations deserve better, and enough is enough.
Thank goodness we have a decent Prime Minister who isn't afraid to speak up.
Just spoke with @Puglaas. I can't imagine the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight. Sending love to them from the US.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 10, 2018
And the first aboriginal Justice Minster.
Thank you PM @JustinTrudeau. My thoughts are with the family of Colton Boushie tonight. I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices. As a country we can and must do better - I am committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians. https://t.co/HvjV0bofrQ— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) February 10, 2018
But what can we do when the problem has been with us for so long?
I honestly don't know the answer, but this seems like a good idea. Help fix Canada's broken justice system, by eliminating the system of peremptory challenges.
Peremptory challenges allow the Crown or defence to reject potential jurors without giving reasons. In this case, the Boushie family says the Stanley defence team used its 14 peremptory challenges to reject any potential jurors who appeared Indigenous. It is often cited as a reason for Indigenous underrepresentation on juries.
And in the meantime, what we all can and must do is let our aboriginal brothers and sisters know that we hate racists.
And that we believe that their lives are just as precious as the lives of any other people in this country.
Let them hear our solidarity.
Let them know that we are with them
Let there be justice for Colten Boushie...