On Friday, February 9th, 2018 – a white farmer was acquitted in the shooting death of a young Indigenous man, Colten Boushie. Breaking our hearts. The murder, trial, and judgement are a piercing reminder of the deep seeded racism plaguing Canada as the violent legacy of colonization continues to bring grief, sorrow and anger to communities.

 

This is not justice.

This is not healing.

This is not reconciliation.

 

The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action is a commitment organizations in our sector have made to ensure contribution to the collective path of reconciliation. We turn to you. Put your body and heart into this fight by supporting efforts focused on justice, healing and gathering.

This moment in time is devastating, and the traditional philanthropic sector in Canada cannot be a casual bystander. It is time for us to get off the sideline, and stand up alongside Indigenous peoples and action our commitment to reconciliation.

Today, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada calls upon our philanthropic peers to stand up for #JusticeForColten with us by publicly addressing the Stanley verdict.

The Circle team will intentionally set aside time for us to grapple with, and acknowledge this heartbreak. In the days to come we will be sharing ways to get involved.

We send our love, thoughts & prayers to Colten’s family and community in this time of grief & pain.

 

In solidarity,

 

Kris Archie

Executive Director, The Circle

 

Shereen Munshi

Communications Manager, The Circle