December 14, 2020, Thunder Bay – Academics from across the country respond to Ontario Superior Court Justice Helen M. Pierce’s decision to sentence Brayden Bushby to manslaughter for the death of Barbara Kentner. Bushby will be sentenced on February 9, 2021 and we urge the court to consider his crimes within the context of white supremacy and send a clear message that Indigenous women are valued and deserving of the same protections as other Canadians.
We stand in solidarity with the Kentner family during this difficult time and denounce the insidious racism and white supremacy that is present in the justice system, the City of Thunder Bay, and Canadian society. We call for an end to violence against Indigenous women and their communities, and challenge the Provincial and Federal Governments to uphold the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
What: A statement of solidarity with the family of Barbara Kentner
Full statement can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_4FoecUcW-ZHl0qOUR4gcDVVyTIiV5To...
Question and inquiries can be directed to:
Dr. Kristin Burnett, Professor, Indigenous Learning Department, Lakehead University
Dr. Max Haiven, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice, English, Lakehead University
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