Ken Neumann statement on the Stanley verdict

Like many Canadians, I am troubled by the recent verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial. It sends the wrong message about the value our society places on Indigenous lives. And it undermines efforts at reconciliation being taken by individual Canadians and by organizations such as the United Steelworkers.

The USW has endorsed the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We have created a National Aboriginal Committee which has initiated important work aimed at reconciling Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. We will continue that work, knowing that so much still needs to be done to heal past wrongs and establish relationships of respect and trust.

Our hearts go out to the family of Colten Boushie. Like them, we turn to our elected politicians for action to ensure a fair and unbiased legal system. It is up to politicians and citizens together to make Canada a place free of race-based hatred and violence.

In solidarity

Ken Neumann
National Director

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