Nîpawistamâsowin We Will Stand Up: People at microphone holding up a portrait
Nîpawistamâsowin We Will Stand Up: People at microphone holding up a portrait

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

by Tasha Hubbard
A profound look at racism, colonialism and safety in the prairies.
2019  ·  1h38m  ·  Canada
Cree, English
Cree, English subs
About the Film
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.
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Festivals and Awards
HotDocs, Best Canadian Documentary
DOXA, Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary
WEENGUSHK, Best Documentary
WEENGUSHK, Best Director
GIMLI , Best of Fest - Audience Choice Award
In the Press
Radheyan SimonpillaiNow Toronto
Kelly Many GunsFirst Nations Drum
Lindsay NixonCanadian Art
Peter HowellThe Star
Andrew ParkerThe Gate
Hans Olson
Justin Stephenson and Even Stevens Inc.
Tasha Hubbard, George Hupka, Jon Montes and Bonnie Thompson
Sound Editor
Evan Rust
Tasha Hubbard, Kellie Wuttunee, Kathy Fisher, Jon Montes, and Alex Williams
Soundtrack Composer
Jason Burnstick
George Hupka
Tasha Hubbard
Elizabeth Lapensée
Sound Designer
Evan Rust
About the Director

Tasha Hubbard

Dr. Tasha Hubbard is a filmmaker and an associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies/Department of English and Film at the University of Alberta. She is from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty Four Territory and has ties to several First Nations in Treaty Six Territory through her father. She is also the mother of a seventeen-year-old son. Her academic research supports Indigenous efforts to return the buffalo to the lands, as well as Indigenous narrative sovereignty in North America. She has been working to support the Buffalo Treaty since 2015 and is one of the founding directors of the International Buffalo Relations Institute.

Her first solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding, about Saskatoon’s infamous Starlight Tours, premiered at ImagineNATIVE in 2004 and won the Canada Award at the Gemini Awards in 2005. In 2017, she directed an NFB-produced feature documentary called Birth of a Family about a 60s Scoop family coming together for the first time during a holiday in Banff. It premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival and landed in the top ten audience choice list. It also won the Audience Favourite for Feature Documentary at the Edmonton International Film Festival and the Moon Jury prize at ImagineNATIVE. Her last film was nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, an exploration of the impact of the death of Colten Boushie that premiered in the spring of 2019. It was the first Indigenous-directed film to open the Hot Docs International Film Festival and it won the top Canadian documentary prize. It also won the Colin Low Award for the top Canadian film at the DOXA International Film Festival and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Documentary in 2020. Hubbard was awarded the DGC Discovery award in 2019.

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