CHIPPEWAS OF THE THAMES First Nation — A second Ontario reserve has now passed a motion in council to banish Peter Khill from being in their territories.
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Council Chief Myeengun Henry shared August 13 resolution and an accompanying letter with the Two Row Times.
An August 13 band council resolution for COTTFN says “the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Council stands in solidarity with Indigenous victims across Canada in seeking justice, and demands for reform of Canada’s judicial system in order to mitigate its many discriminatory and unjust practices…”
The resolution “banishes Mr. Peter Khill indefinitely, and further declare that he shall not be permitted to enter the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Territory for any means.”
Henry says the banishment is a protective measure, saying the verdicts in both the Khill and Stanley acquittals for the shooting deaths of Colten Boushie and Jonathan Styres respectively, demonstrate that “indigneous people are subject to no protection if a non-indigenous person decides to take their life. How are the families expected to cope knowing that their children’s killers can freely walk next to them in grocery stores, city parks and in any public venue?”
Khill confessed to shooting and killing Six Nations man Jonathan Styres on February 4, 2016.
Khill was arrested and charged with second degree murder but was acquitted by a Hamilton jury of those charges in May 2018. In June 2018 the Crown filed an appeal. A date for that appeal has not yet been announced.
This is the second First Nation in Ontario to banish Khill from their territories for killing Styres.
Six Nations of the Grand River passed a motion in council to banish Khill from coming onto the territory in June of 2018.
“Possibly this action will encourage common sense to be exercised instead of shooting indigneous people point blank and taking law into their own hands.”