To the Family of Colten Boushie and the Red Pheasant Cree Nation:
This weekend our country has been blanketed in the somber realization that despite our progress as First Nation peoples we are faced with unaddressed and systemic injustices. Colten’s story has elevated the need for change to the international stage. Know that the grief and emotions your family is going through is being shared across Canada and worldwide.
Specifically our 3 Nations, the Tahltan, Kaska and Tlingit Nations of British Columbia, are beside you and our collective prayers are with your family, your community, your Nation and with everyone that continues to grieve for Colten at this time.
We will be writing to Prime Minister Trudeau and other ministers to help rectify the various injustices throughout Colten’s case. Measures must be instituted so that a revised system would never allow this to happen.
Tahltan President Chad Norman Day shares this message, “We as First Nations people need to stand in solidarity to confront the injustice that riddled Colten’s case from start to finish. Canada needs to do better, and we as First Nation leaders, communities and people need to work collaboratively and in unity to ensure our concerns are properly addressed at every level in this country.”
On this day, BC’s Family Day, we pledge that for Colten and all of our younger generations, we will work alongside you, other First Nations, and demand that both the provincial and federal governments in this country take serious action to address the historical and present day wrongs that lead us to this difficult place.
We are with you.
On behalf of the Leadership from the Tahltan, Kaska and Taku River Tlingit First Nations