nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

Poster for nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

Director and educator Tasha Hubbard (Birth of a Family) returns with a personal reflection on the death of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man, and the subsequent trial and acquittal of the man who shot him.

On August 9, 2016, Boushie died from a gunshot wound to the back of his head that he sustained after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural Saskatchewan property with friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice.

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative, encompassing the filmmaker’s own family life, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at the 2019 Hot Docs Film Festival, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up is an important look at the past and future. This film demands to be seen by all Canadians.

“[A] powerful work of activist cinema.” (Peter Howell, Toronto Star)