University College of the North Students Experience the Colton Boushie Story
February 12, 2020
(The Pas, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) Law Enforcement Students returned from their annual tour of RCMP Depot and various venues in Saskatchewan. One of the week’s highlights was attending a sold‐out production of Reasonable Doubt at Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre. This documentary play is billed as a story “about our community, and spoken by our community”.
“The students were able to gain a better understanding of how a tragic event can impact a
community. It was an experience that later segued into a discussion, allowing the audience to move toward a path of healing,” said Chris Pallan, UCN Law Enforcement Instructor.
The play was “verbatim theatre”. Six actors portrayed 60 different roles with word for word monologue based on hundreds of interviews and trial transcript dealing with the prosecution of Saskatchewan rancher Gerald Stanley. Stanley was acquitted in the shooting of Colton Boushie; a young man from Red Pheasant Cree Nation.
The set included river bridges underneath a stage sized stretched hide. Dialogue was spoken by Saskatchewan residents of all ages and ethnicities. One UCN student said the re‐enactment of the 2016 tragedy promoted community healing. “I highly recommend others to experience the play about the Colten Boushie case and to forgive and heal together as a community,” said Law Enforcement student Raina Ross.
The audience was able to participate in a post‐play discussion and have access to reflection space if needed. UCN student Faitlyn Monias said, “Having done a research paper on Colton Boushie, I now feel there were a few things I missed. I definitely have a different perspective on the case, thanks to the play.”
“This experience exemplifies UCN’s commitment to providing students with opportunities to explore the ill effects of colonization and how we can move forward as a community towards reconciliation,” said Vicki Zeran, Dean, Faculty of Health.
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