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A rally for Colten Boushie filled the steps in front of the Kenora courthouse, then marched through downtown to the office of MP Bob Nault.

Lucy Longpeter came all the way from Red Lake for the event.

"I think there was some injustice done to him and his family," she said. "I've just come here to support my fellow Indigenous people."

A windchill warning probably didn't help the turnout, but about 70 braved the elements. Friday's verdict in connection with the death of the First Nations youth sparked rallies from Toronto to Vancouver over the weekend.

Treaty 3 Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh's comments were also read to the gathering.

“While much can be said about the outcome and handling of this case, Canadians cannot ignore the systemic racism involved. This jury composition supports the numerous documented reports of racism within Canada’s justice system,” he said in his prepared statement.

The grand chief noted Stanley’s defence used peremptory challenges to eliminate any potential jurors, who were visibly Indigenous. In Canadian law, lawyers in the jury selection process are allowed a limited number of potential jurors, without stating a reason.

“The result is an erroneous Canadian justice system that excludes Indigenous peoples from the jury selection process. It is discriminatory to Indigenous peoples,” the grand chief added.

The composition of juries has been an important issue in the district.

For more information:

Rally for Colten in Kenora

Statement from Treaty 3 Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh

Treaty 3 grandmothers' statement

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