The death of Colten Boushie and the ongoing fight for justice for Indigenous peoples

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Tasha Hubbard, filmmaker, and Debbie Baptiste, mother of Colten Boushie. Photo: Gilad Cohen

On August 9, 2016 Colten Boushie, a 22-year old Indigenous man, was shot in the back of the head by Gerald Stanley in Biggar, Saskatchewan. While Stanley was charged with second-degree murder, the trial and his eventual acquittal demonstrated a tragic amount of carelessness with Colten’s case. With his body being left in the car for a full day, the mismanagement of evidence, and the selection of an all-white jury, the trial sparked a national discussion about race relations in Canada.

Under these tragic circumstances, Colten's family, led by his mother Debbie Baptiste, has been working to address the failures of the Canadian justice system and keep the memory of the Colten they knew alive. Colten was training to be a firefighter, loved by his community, and even considered getting married at the time of his death. This is the story that Indigenous filmmaker Tasha Hubbard wants to tell with her latest film Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, giving the audience profound insight into the family’s activism and ensuring that we continue to discuss these urgent issues.

Debbie and Tasha join hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson to discuss the bittersweet nature of their opening film at the 2019 Hot Docs Film Festival, the pain of losing a son, and how systemic racism impacts our justice system.

Download the episode transcript here.

Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate Producer: Ron Ma.

Image by Gilad Cohen.

Theme music created for The Hum by Jeff Morrow.

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