The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is hosting a news conference this morning regarding regarding what it terms "the continued effort to fight for justice for the late Colten Boushie."
Chief Bobby Cameron, accompanied by members of Colten Boushie's family, are making themselves available for comment prior to a face-to-face meeting with Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
Meanwhile, the federal Conservatives are accusing Justin Trudeau of ``political interference,'' after he responded to the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie. Trudeau said the criminal justice system has to ``do better,'' and other ministers have said there need to be improvements. Cathy McLeod, the Tory's Indigenous affairs critic tweeted her sympathy to the family but followed up by saying the judicial process must play-out without political interference.
What court heard during the trial was that Boushie was in an SUV that drove onto Stanley's property in the Biggar area. Stanley's lawyer says Boushie's death was the result of a freak accident. Stanley had fired some warning shots and thought he had cleared the gun. Court heard that Stanley tried to reach for the keys in the ignition when the gun went off. The prosecution argued that it wasn't an accident that the gun fired, saying the trigger needs to be pulled each time with a firm pull. Lawyer Bill Burge suggested if the gun was fired intentionally, it's murder and if it wasn't intentional, it was manslaughter, because of careless use of the gun.