Now Streaming: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up Continues the Fight for Indigenous Rights

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Catch-up on the best Canadian documentary of 2019 now that nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up is now available to stream from the National Film Board of Canada. Tasha Hubbard’s excellent documentary investigates the case surrounding the murder of 22-year-old Cree man Colten Boushie, who was shot in the head at close range when his friends drove onto the farm of George Stanley. The film sees the case as a continuation of the ongoing history of violence against Indigenous people through Stanley’s perceived right to exercise violence to defend his land, which itself was stolen from the Cree by settlers. Hubbard boldly examines the future for the next generation of children as they grow up in a society that normalizes violence against Indigenous lives.

This powerful film is a must-see. Its NFB release marks the first time that the full feature is widely available to audiences following its acclaimed run on the festival circuit, which included wins for Best Documentary Feature at both Hot Docs and DOXA, three wins at RIDM, and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Feature. Better than any hardware, however, is the film’s fight to bring the Boushie case to a wider audience, asking them to consider which side of history they want to be on as more voices stand up and speak out.

Read more about nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up in this feature interview with Tasha Hubbard and our r“eview of the film”:

Synopsis: On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his 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. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound 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.

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, Tasha Hubbard, provided by the National Film Board of Canada