The family of Colten Boushie, a 22-year old man who was fatally shot in August 2016, is scheduled to meet with Canadian cabinet members in Ottawa, following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, 56, who shot Boushie.
Rallies protesting the verdict and calling for legal reforms were held in several Canadian cities during the weekend.
"We're not in a rush because we want things done right", Tootoosis said shortly after meeting with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. As set out by the Prime Minister of Canada, "Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike know that we have to do better".
A toxicology report supported evidence that Mr. Boushie had an unusually high level of alcohol in his system at the time and was most likely unconscious during most of the two episodes.
Following the verdict Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said that the country, "can and must do better" and is "committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians". "And that is exactly what we came here for", Tootoosis said.
"This will keep happening until we all stand up and see each other not as fools or monsters, but as neighbours and family", he tweeted. "My heart cries today". "Marches like this show that we are with those that suffer injustice, that don't have the voices that they should have had", said Waldo.
The Grand Council of the Crees is demanding the Canadian Criminal Code be amended to eliminate so-called peremptory challenges for jurors.
Chief Kenny Moccasin of Saulteaux First Nation also said he was "lost for words".
For example, he said Indigenous leaders are wondering if systemic racism contributed to the deaths of two residents from Fort Albany, near the James Bay coast, while under the care of Timmins Police Service.
Niigaan Sinclair, an associate professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, described the verdict as "yet another unsurprising example of the treatment of indigenous lives in Canada, which is always second class, which is lesser than".
"Our people are not going to wait another 150 years".
As to concerns about the justice system, Moe said he's heard from people online and in-person from people who believe it does not treat Indigenous people fairly.
An online fundraiser for the Boushie family had raised nearly $110,000 (over $138,000 Canadian) by Tuesday morning.
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Linda Charles wasn't surprised to see Gerald Stanley acquitted on Friday, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a painful experience.
Mr Stanley's trial began on 30 January.
Rallies are scheduled across the country both on Saturday and for coming days to demonstrate support for Boushie's family.
Regina-based lawyer Aaron Fox said there is racism in Canada that must be addressed, but not through the criminal justice system. "We just hope that this change is a win for all of us". We must claim space in the legislature, in parliament. "We want representation. We want a justice system that actually serves our people because this has to end".
Coltman added that she feels like there are a lot of oppressive structures within the judicial system, saying that it played a huge role in this trial and a lot of trials involving Indigenous people.
"I've been made aware of a number of comments that are racist".
"The narrative that the jury probably believed before even coming into the case was that Colten Boushie had no business being on that property and that he was probably there to cause trouble".
Boushie was shot in the head after an altercation between Stanley, his son and his wife.
"It made me think about my own people, the suffering they've been through and how we're still waiting for a proper inquiry into the missing and murdered women in the country".
Given the racial tensions between Indigenous and nonindigenous people in Saskatchewan, the composition of the jury undermines its decision for a lot of people.
"In this day and age, when someone can get away with killing somebody, when someone can get away with saying, "I accidentally walked to the storage shed, I accidentally grabbed a gun out of the storage box and I accidentally walked back to the auto and then I accidentally raised my arm in level with the late Colten Boushie's head, then my finger accidentally pushed the trigger" - what a bunch of garbage", said Bobby Cameron, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, at a press conference following the decision.
"This has to do with the story of Canada".