Storying Violence

Unravelling Colonial Narratives in the Stanley Trial

Gina Starblanket

Dallas Hunt

  • ISBN-13: 9781927886373
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In August of 2016, Cree youth Colten Boushie was shot dead by Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley. Using colonial and socio-political narratives that underlie white rural settler life, the authors position the death of Boushie and the trial of Stanley in relation to Indigenous histories and experiences in Saskatchewan. They point to the Stanley case as just one instance of Indigenous peoples’ presence being seen as a threat to settler-colonial security, then used to sanction the exclusion, violent treatment, and death of Indigenous peoples and communities.

Storying Violence carefully and methodically detonates the colonial narratives of the Stanley Trial—a speaking of Indigenous truths to a trial and a country. From the ashes of tragedy, Starblanket and Hunt have ethically intervened, centered the prairie Indigenous experience and the Boushie and Baptiste families’ incredible bravery and advocacy in the face of unspeakable loss. Storying Violence demands that we create a safer world for our beloved Indigenous youth, who just like Colten Boushie, have every right to go swimming with friends, laugh, and feel joy in their ancestral territories. This is simply a must-read for all Canadians.” — Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of As We Have Always Done

“Accessible and theoretically astute, Starblanket and Hunt bring to life the meaning of Treaties and Indigenous relationships to land and life while demonstrating that settlers such as Stanley have long been provided license to disregard our humanity through the deeply embedded colonial and racist practices of Canadian law, founded in its primacy of private property and defended by judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and police officers.” — Verna St. Denis, Professor of Critical Race Studies, University of Saskatchewan

Gina Starblanket

Dr. Gina Starblanket is the Canada Research Chair in the Politics of Decolonization and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Gina is Cree/Saulteaux and a member of the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Treaty 4 territory. She is co-editor of the 5th edition of Visions of the Heart: Issues Involving Indigenous People in Canada and has publications in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and Constitutional Forum. Her research focuses on Indigenous and Canadian politics and takes up issues surrounding treaty implementation, gender, Indigenous feminism, decolonization, and Indigenous resurgence.  


Dallas Hunt

Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta, Canada. He has had creative and critical work published in The Malahat Review, Arc Poetry, Canadian Literature, Settler Colonial Studies, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. His first children's book, Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press and was nominated for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award.