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‘He will always be in our hearts’ Friends, family remember Colten Boushie

William Boushie - Colten Boushie's brother

(William Boushie tends a ceremonial fire on the Red Pheasant First Nation at a feast in honour of his brother Colten Boushie who was killed last year.)

Larissa Burnouf
APTN National News

William Boushie tended the ceremonial fire that burned during a traditional feast on the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan in honour of Colten Boushie.

It has been a year since the 21-year-old was gunned down on a farm near Biggar, Saskatchewan.

“I was holding my youngest son’s hands,” said William Boushie. “And to think that that could have been me, that could have been my son, it scared me.

“I couldn’t fathom what my mom had to go through.”

Alvin Baptiste is Boushie’s uncle.

“He will always be remembered in our hearts,” said Baptiste. “And he’ll always be in our memory. I always think about Colten all the time.”

The traditional feast welcomed nearly 100 people.

It included people from the community who gathered to share in culture and tradition to honour a special member of the Boushie family.

Also at the feast, members of the RCMP who have been accused of doing a poor job of handling the Boushie’s killing.

“I think it’s going to go a long way for the family to recognize there are lots of different people out there who are supporting them,” said Darcy Woolfitt of the North Battleford RCMP. “And helping them get through the grieving process which is going on for them.”

400 km southeast of the Red Pheasant First Nation, dozens of people gathered in Regina to hold their own vigil.

“We want to pressure people from this side to pay attention to this case,” said Robyn Pitawanakwat from the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism. “To take this seriously and to find justice for Colten.”

Gerald Stanley plead not guilty in the shooting death of Colten Boushie on his farm.

His trial is scheduled to start in January.


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