98 minutes – Documentary
Festival release date: April 25, 2019 (Hot Docs – Toronto)
Release date: May 23, 2019 (Saskatoon)
Production companies: Downstream Documentary Productions, National Film Board of Canada
Canadian distributor: National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
On August 9, 2016, a 22-year-old Cree man named Colten Boushie, a resident of the Cree Red Pheasant First Nation, died from a gunshot to the back of his head after he and his friends entered Gerald Stanley’s rural property near Biggar, Saskatchewan. 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 Producer-Director Tasha Hubbard’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a transformative vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up was selected to be the opening night film at the 2019 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.