What the reaction to Colten Boushie's death reveals about racism in Canada
Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation, northwest of Saskatoon. One day in early August, he and four friends drove on to the property of a 54-year-old farmer named Gerald Stanley. They say they had a flat tire and were looking for help. An altercation ensued, and Colten Boushie was shot to death.
After Boushie's death, there was an outpouring of racist comments on social media, condoning and even cheering his killing. Some said the only thing Stanley did wrong was not killing every one of the young men and women who drove onto his property.
As a person of Indigenous ancestry, obviously these are painful things to hear and to read...but as a researcher, it further validates a lot of what we've been finding, which is the undercurrent of racial tension in countries like Canada, where Indigenous people have been colonized and the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people hasn't really been reconciled. - Charlotte Loppie
Guest host Rachel Giese spoke with Charlotte Loppie about the historic roots and present-day consequences of the particular brand of racism directed towards Indigenous people in Canada. Ms. Loppie, who is of Mi'kmaq and Acadian ancestry, is a professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement at the University of Victoria.
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