Theatrical release of nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up starts Nov. 29 in Calgary

Monday, November 25th, 2019 1:37pm


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Debbie Baptiste and Jade Tootoosis with photo of Colten Boushie at the United Nations, NY.

The National Film Board of Canada has announced the theatrical release of the award-winning nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, a documentary that chronicles the quest for justice by the family of the late Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man fatally shot by a Saskatchewan farmer.

The Globe Cinema in Calgary will start showing the film on Nov. 29. It will run to Dec. 12.

The film was directed by Edmonton-based Tasha Hubbard.

On Aug. 9, 2016, Boushie, a young Cree man, 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. 

Through the film, Hubbard 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 film received the Special Jury Prize for Social Justice at the 2019 Calgary International Film Festival, the Sun Jury and Audience Choice awards—Feature Film at imagineNATIVE 2019, as well as the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) Discovery Award.

Earlier this year, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2019 (Toronto) as well as the Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Documentary at DOXA 2019 (Vancouver).

This past weekend it won three awards at RIDM 2019 (Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal), the Students' Award, the Magnus-Isacsson Award  and the Women Inmates' Award

Upcoming screenings around the country can be found on the film Facebook page at