The story of the killing of Cree man Coulten Boushie, and the movement it sparked against injustice in Canada’s legal system. With this film, director Tasha Hubbard shows a an image of Canada’s colonial history, and the betrayal of its indigenous people.
He believed that if people would just read good books under a tree, the world would get along. But in August 2016 Coulten Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man, was shot in the back of his head by farmer Gerald Stanley, whose property he had entered together with some friends. This killing and the subsequent acquittal of Stanley led to widespread protests and put a spotlight on racism and the disadvantaged position of the indigenous population of Canada.
Director Tasha Hubbard herself is also a Cree: one of the original inhabitants of North America. Hubbard made this film to share this part of Canada’s history, and to let her own son know ‘all that was done to ensure his generation’s survival’. Hubbard brings an amazing clarity, tenderness and patience to the story of Coulten Boushie, his family, and the indigenous people of Canada.