nîpawistamâsowin: WE WILL STAND UP

Year 2019
Runtime 98 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere

A grieving family's pursuit of justice highlights racism in Canada’s legal system after Colten Boushie’s accused killer is acquitted of murder.

The most difficult stories to tell are the ones we most need to hear. Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from Saskatchewan, was killed by a bullet to the head on Gerald Stanley's farm in 2016. Eighteen months later, after the RCMP investigation and trial, Stanley was found not guilty of second-degree murder. The jury's verdict drew national attention and a public outcry advocating for reforms to the Canadian legal system. With strength and authenticity, filmmaker Tasha Hubbard bears witness to a tragic story that traces back through centuries of injustice and colonial violence endured by First Nations peoples. Reflecting on her own family connections to Indigenous and settler histories, Hubbard faithfully follows the Boushie family's pursuit of justice all the way to the United Nations.

Drawing together the present and past, Hubbard crafts an urgent and powerful film that demands not only our attention, but our action.

Director Tasha Hubbard and Subjects, Debbie Baptiste & Jade Tootoosis, are in attendance for the Sep. 27 & 28 screenings; Q&A's to follow.


Best Canadian Feature - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019), Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary - DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2019), Calgary International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize for Social Justice
Hot Docs, DOXA, Durban International Film Festival
Tasha Hubbard
Executive Producer
David Christensen, Kathy Avrich-Johnson, Janice Dawe
Tasha Hubbard, George Hupka, Jon Montes, Bonnie Thompson
Tasha Hubbard
George Hupka
Hans Olson
Jason Burnstick, Jason Burnstick