Transcript: Indigenous Perspective For Colten Boushie Story | May 02, 2019

A picture of a young man appears with a caption that reads "Colten Boushie. firstnationsdrum.com."

A caption reads "Jade Tootoosis. Boushie family spokesperson."

Jade is in her thirties, with long straight brown hair and wears a black top and cardigan, and tribal accessories.

She says COLTEN BOUSHIE
LOVED HIS FAMILY,
FELT VERY STRONGLY ABOUT
HIS COMMUNITY,
AND JUST LIKED GOING OUT
AND HELPING OTHER PEOPLE.
AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT
I GREW UP KNOWING OF HIM
AND JUST ADMIRING
MOST ABOUT HIM.

Denny is in her thirties, with long straight brown hair and wears a black sweatshirt with a print on the front that reads "Justice for Colten."

Denny says WHEN MY BROTHER WAS SHOT
ON AUGUST 9TH,
I WAS DANCING AT A POWWOW.
AND MY COUSIN COMES UP TO ME
BEFORE I DANCED
WITH TEARS IN HER EYES
AND SHE SAID THAT COCO HAD DIED.

Clips show images of a documentary.

A caption reads "Nîpawistamâsowin: We will stand up."

A woman in her fifties says IS THERE ANY NATIVE PEOPLE
IN THAT JURY?
NO?
HUH.

Denny says WE TALK ABOUT UNITY,
WE TALK ABOUT RECONCILIATION.
WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?

The caption changes to "Tasha Hubbard, Director, Nîpawistamâsowin: We will stand up."

Tasha is in her thirties, with long straight brown hair and wears glasses, a blue T-shirt, a black jacket and a beaded necklace.

She says I GOT THE TITLE OF THE FILM
AFTER I'D HEADED A WORKSHOP
AT THE IMAGINENATIVE
FILM FESTIVAL.
DURING THAT WORKSHOP
MY FRIEND'S DAD,
WHO'S A FLUENT CREE SPEAKER,
WAS LISTENING
AND AFTERWARDS HE CAME UP.
HE SAID,
"NÎPAWISTAMÂSOWIN."
IT MEANS WHEN A SMALL GROUP
OF PEOPLE
STAND UP ON BEHALF OF
A LARGER GROUP.
AND HE SAID, "THAT'S WHAT
THIS FAMILY IS DOING."
HE SAID, "THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE ALL
DOING BY DOING THIS PROJECT.
IT'S
NÎPAWISTAMÂSOWIN."

Denny speaks to reporters and says AS WE STAND HERE WE DON'T JUST
SPEAK FOR MY BROTHER COLTEN.
WE REPRESENT ALL THOSE WHO HAVE
ALSO WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS
AND RECEIVED NO JUSTICE
AND FACE ALL THIS
SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION
THAT WE'VE ENDURED.
WE STAND HERE FOR THEM.
AND THAT'S WHAT
JUSTICE FOR COLTEN IS ABOUT.

Denny says A LOT OF TIMES
IT'S TRULY UNBELIEVABLE
WHAT WE HAD TO GO THROUGH.
AND KNOWING THAT
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT
MANY OTHER FAMILIES
MAY HAVE ALSO WENT THROUGH
WITH REGARDS TO
CANADA'S LEGAL SYSTEM.
YOU KNOW, IT'S AN IMPORTANT
STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE RECORDED,
TOLD, AND TAKEN IN BY CANADIANS
AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
TO KNOW THAT THIS IS
WHAT'S HAPPENING
TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
IN CANADA.

The caption changes to "Sheldon Wuttunee. Former Chief of Red Pheasant."

Sheldon is in his forties, with long wavy brown hair in a ponytail and a goatee. He wears a gray jacket.

He addresses reporters and says IN THIS AREA THERE'S BEEN
A LOT OF ANIMOSITY
AND A LOT OF RACISM
FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.
MANY GENERATIONS.

Tasha says INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' STORIES
FROM THE BEGINNING OF
NORTH AMERICA AS AN ENTITY
HAVE BEEN TOLD BY
NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
WERE THE FIRST SUBJECTS
OF MOVING MOTION PICTURES
AND THERE WERE A HANDFUL
OF INDIGENOUS FILMMAKERS
WHO WERE QUICKLY
PUSHED OUT.
AND SO FOR OVER A CENTURY
ALL THE STORIES
OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN TOLD BY
NON-INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
THROUGH A COLONIAL LENS.
AND IT'S ONLY BEEN RECENTLY,
I THINK,
THAT IT'S BEEN MADE
MORE ACCESSIBLE.

The caption changes to "United Nations. New York City, April 2018."

Denny speaks at the UN and says COLTEN AND HIS INDIGENOUS
FRIENDS
DROVE ONTO A SETTLER FARM
ONE AFTERNOON IN AUGUST, 2016,
WHERE HE WAS SHOT
IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD
BY A NON-INDIGENOUS FARMER
NAMED GERALD STANLEY.
AN ALL-WHITE JURY ACQUITTED
GERALD STANLEY OF ALL CHARGES.
COLTEN WAS THE BABY BOY
OF THE FAMILY.
COLTEN HAD A PROMISING FUTURE
WITH A STRONG WORK ETHIC.
HE HAD JUST RECEIVED
HIS FOREST-FIGHTER CERTIFICATE.
HE WAS A TRADITIONAL HELPER
TRAINED WITH CEREMONIAL PROTOCOL
AND WAS ALWAYS
HELPING HIS PEOPLE.
COLTEN WAS NOT A THIEF.
HE WAS A KIND AND GENEROUS
YOUNG MAN.

Denny says I'VE BEEN VERY APPRECIATIVE
OF TASHA'S APPROACH TO THE FILM
AND WORKING WITH MY FAMILY
AND RESPECTING US,
CONSTANTLY CHECKING IN,
YOU KNOW.
AND THAT ALONE HAS MEANT
SO MUCH TO MYSELF
IN THE MAKING OF
THIS DOCUMENTARY.
AND AS YOU MENTIONED,
THIS IMPACTS MY FAMILY,
BUT IT IMPACTS YOUR FAMILY,
IT IMPACTS SO MANY OTHER
FAMILIES.

The end credits roll.

Video by Chris Beaver.

Co-produced by Chantal Braganza.

Manager of digital video, Hannah Sung.

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