At about the same time as Gerald Stanley was appearing in court in North Battleford, a handful of people turned up outside the provincial courthouse in Regina to show their support towards the man Stanley is accused of murdering.
Holding signs and a Canadian flag with the words “No Racism” printed on it, a small group turned out for 22-year-old Colton Boushie and his family.
“We’re showing solidarity with Colton’s family. The violence has got to stop in our communities,” explained Star Andreas.
Sharon Wesequate said she showed up to support the family as well. She said she knows what it’s like to lose loved ones and feels the Boushie family’s pain.
“It hurts when I hear about other people getting shot, like native people.”
The group wrote messages of condolence in cards for the Boushie’s, planning to send them to the family as the story unfolds in court.
Unfortunately, Andreas believes it’s a story with racial undertones.
“We don’t want this into a race war. No, we can’t afford a race war, we can’t. Enough hate. Just enough hate,” she said.
“I do believe there was always a race war here, there was always. But come on, enough’s enough now. Let’s try love now.”