Leth­bridge Col­lege to host vir­tual Colten Boushie doc­u­men­tary screen­ing and panel

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In 2016, a young Indigenous man named Colten Boushie was shot in the head af­ter driv­ing onto a farmer’s prop­erty in Saskatchew­an with his friends. The emo­tion­ally charged trial and ul­ti­mate ac­quit­tal of shooter Ger­ald Stan­ley in­ten­si­fied con­ver­sa­tions around anti-Indigenous racism and Canada’s ju­di­cial sys­tem.

On Oct. 22, Leth­bridge Col­lege Indigenous Ser­vices will host a vir­tual screen­ing of nî­paw­is­tamâ­sowin: We Will Stand Up, an award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary about Boushie’s life and death, Stan­ley’s trial, and its af­ter­math. Fol­low­ing the screen­ing, the col­lege will host a very spe­cial panel dis­cus­sion with the film­maker Tasha Hub­bard and Colten’s sis­ter/cousin Jade Tootoosis.

“As a post-se­condary in­sti­tu­tion that is ded­i­cated to the path­way of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, it is our duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity to bring aware­ness and sup­port to these im­por­tant is­sues,” says Shanda Web­ber, man­ager of Indigenous Ser­vices. “It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to teach the truths of Canada’s colo­nial past, to speak to the detri­men­tal ef­fects and in­jus­tices that it has re­sulted in to­day, and to it find hope for a world where racism does not ex­ist in the fu­ture.”

The panel dis­cus­sion will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22, and is one of the first times Hub­bard and Tootoosis, who is fea­tured in the film, have joined the same panel to dis­cuss the film and the themes it ex­plores. Hub­bard, an award-win­ning film­maker, uses the doc­u­men­tary to fol­low the case and its af­ter­math from her per­spec­tive as a Cree mother fueled by the need to pro­tect fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Indigenous boys, in­clud­ing her young son and nephew. The film 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 screen­ing of the film be­gins at 3:30 p.m.; it can also be viewed in ad­vance through the Na­tional Film Board’s web­site. Held as part of the col­lege’s Stone Pipe Days, the screen­ing and panel dis­cus­sion will help sup­port the col­lege’s com­mit­ment to think­ing in a more holis­tic way of what Leth­bridge Col­lege means for Indigenous stu­dents and the lo­cal Indigenous com­mu­nity.

“We know the term ‘Indi­g­e­niza­tion’ has been used in academia, but our hope is to get our col­lege com­mu­nity lis­ten­ing, con­nect­ing and build­ing a story both in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively,” says Marcia Black­wa­ter, Indigenous co­or­di­na­tor – Cen­tre for Ap­plied Arts and Sciences. “This film is im­por­tant in terms of con­sid­er­ing cur­ricu­lum, as Leth­bridge Col­lege is at the ed­u­ca­tional fore­front in both fields of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice and Jus­tice Stud­ies. Hear­ing the sto­ries, hav­ing the hard con­ver­sa­tions and gain­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing en­sures our grad­u­ates carry with them a strong foun­da­tion of Indigenous cul­tural com­pe­tency that they can use and build upon in their ca­reers.”

The vir­tual screen­ing and panel dis­cus­sion are open to any­one and are free, but ad­vanced reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. To reg­is­ter and learn more about this event, visit: https://lcwewil­l­standup.eventbrite.ca.

Learn more about nî­paw­is­tamâ­sowin: We Will Stand Up, and view the down­load­able study guide on the Na­tional Film Board’s web­site.

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