January 20th, 2021

College to host virtual screening of Boushie documentary

By Jensen, Randy on October 10, 2020.

Panel discussion with filmmaker and Boushie’s sister/cousin to follow screening

Submitted by Lethbridge College

In 2016, a young Indigenous man named Colten Boushie was shot in the head after driving onto a farmer’s property with his friends. The emotionally charged trial and ultimate acquittal of shooter Gerald Stanley intensified conversations around anti-Indigenous racism and Canada’s judicial system.

On Oct. 22, Lethbridge College Indigenous Services will host a virtual screening of “n”pawistam‰sowin: We Will Stand Up,” an award-winning documentary about Boushie’s life and death, Stanley’s trial, and its aftermath. Following the screening, the college will host a special panel discussion with the filmmaker Tasha Hubbard and Colten’s sister/cousin Jade Tootoosis.

“As a post-secondary institution that is dedicated to the pathway of reconciliation, it is our duty and responsibility to bring awareness and support to these important issues,” says Shanda Webber, manager of Indigenous Services. “It is our responsibility to teach the truths of Canada’s colonial past, to speak to the detrimental effects and injustices that it has resulted in today, and to it find hope for a world where racism does not exist in the future.”

The panel discussion will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22, and is one of the first times Hubbard and Tootoosis, who is featured in the film, have joined the same panel to discuss the film and the themes it explores. Hubbard, an award-winning filmmaker, uses the documentary to follow the case and its aftermath from her perspective as a Cree mother fuelled by the need to protect future generations of Indigenous boys, including her young son and nephew. The film weaves a narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

The screening of the film begins at 3:30 p.m.; it can also be viewed in advance through the National Film Board’s website. Held as part of the college’s Stone Pipe Days, the screening and panel discussion will help support the college’s commitment to thinking in a more holistic way of what Lethbridge College means for Indigenous students and the local Indigenous community.

“We know the term ‘Indigenization’ has been used in academia, but our hope is to get our college community listening, connecting and building a story both individually and collectively,” says Marcia Blackwater, Indigenous co-ordinator – Centre for Applied Arts and Sciences. “This film is important in terms of considering curriculum, as Lethbridge College is at the educational forefront in both fields of Criminal Justice and Justice Studies. Hearing the stories, having the hard conversations and gaining a better understanding ensures our graduates carry with them a strong foundation of Indigenous cultural competency that they can use and build upon in their careers.”

The virtual screening and panel discussion are open to anyone and are free, but advanced registration is required. To register and learn more about this event, visit: https://lcwewillstandup.eventbrite.ca.

Learn more about “n”pawistam‰sowin: We Will Stand Up,” and view the downloadable study guide on the National Film Board’s website at https://www.nfb.ca/film/nipawistamasowin-we-will-stand-up/.

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old school

“After driving onto a farmers property – – -“ ,forgot to mention drunk and stoned looking to vandalize and steal his property and endanger the families’ life!


Main takeaway from your comment: Property > Human life.

Way to go.


Main takeaway is anyone can show up at your doorstep and take or steal anything they want from you without you objecting, How compassionate, how giving. Have any vehicles you want to give away the keys too??

old school

Uncle buck perhaps missed “endanger families life”
Yes ,I say my families life and Mr. Stanley’s families life >before some low-life criminal who had no ,that is zero ,good reason to be there with his


This film doesn’t report the facts . . . another blame game! Take some responsibilty for once and start looking after you children when they are growing up. If you want change, it starts in the homes of the FN communities!
Colten Boushie and his friends were drinking and shooting off a rifle that day and had already attempted to steal a pick-up truck from one farm, where they broke the stock of the rifle on the truck window, before driving drunk to the Stanley farm, that we know of, where they were caught trying to steal other vehicles. When Stanley grabbed his old handgun used for chasing off coyotes from his shed, he ran to the Boushie vehicle where they were trying to escape. The police had been called, and Boushie was trying to drive off, so Stanley reached into the open driver side window, noticing the rilfe between Boushie’s legs, around the steering, with one arm, while holding the handgun with the other. He was trying to turn off the vehicle as Boushie tried to drive off. Now imagine the scene, a chaotic scene with a lot going on, and Stanley trying to turn of the vehicle with it moving.
The hand gun went off, but forensics proved that Stanley’s finger was not on the trigger, or anyones’ due to the blood spatter on it. It misfired during the struggle . . . this isn’t the movies and it was an old handgun.
Stanley never intended on firing his weapon, he was trying to protect his property and family. Farmers in that area were often being pilfered!
Colten was broke so many laws that day, drinking and driving, firing a weapon while drunk, trespassing, public mischief, attempted vehicle thefts, endangering Stanely’s life . . . no one was ever charged that were with Colten Boushie . . . not one charge.
Instead of taking some responsibility, in true FN fashion these days, it was all flipped to being the ‘colonials’ fault!
Sorry, no apologies here! He was committing crimes and died sadly while committing them!
Canadians pay over $14 billion annually to support FN people and have paid for well over 100 years, but we are always the ones the are responsible?
How is it that people from war-torn countries such as Syria, come to Canada with only the clothes on their back, no money, escaping true tyranny and genocide, facing years of war and living in fear, and within 5-7 years have paid back the money the government charged them to transport them here and have jobs, homes, a vehicle and kids are in school?
After 150 years and well over $14 billion for about the 700,000 FN taking monies and supports, from the total number of 1.3 million who live across Canada, with free education for many . . . how come they just can’t make it!
It all starts in their own homes, on their own communities and taking some responsibility for their own actions!
This film is a farce!!!


impressive summary.
the talk about native children/people being able to live safely – what about other people being able to live safely, too?
our society has become so decrepit that the free world is now making heroes out of criminals. curious how the initial criminals and offenders are made heroes, and someone that has lived by the law and contributes to society becomes the pariah. how is this not seen as perverse?
imagine having your safe space invaded, let alone at night and far from reasonably immediate help: what would you do? there will be a degree of fright involved in one’s decision making, and a lesser degree of fully thoughtful reaction whereby self defense will become paramount.
just a bunch of great heroes having a little fun, and who one day were going to turn their lives around with upgrading.
the real victims are stanley and family, whose lives have been raked over coals because of idiot behaviour that is irrationally being overlooked and excused. the stanley family did not go looking for any of this; they did not initiate any of this. they were on their property, keeping to themselves.

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