This documentary is an inquiry into what came to be known as Saskatoon's infamous "freezing deaths," and the schism between a fearful, mistrustful Indigenous community and a police force harbouring a harrowing secret.One frigid night in January 2000 Darrell Night, an Indigenous man was dumped by two police officers in -20° C temperatures in a barren field on the city outskirts. He survives the ordeal but is stunned to hear that the frozen body of another Indigenous man was discovered in the same area. Days later, another victim, also Native, is found. When Night comes forward with his story, he sets into motion a chain of events: a major RCMP investigation into several suspicious deaths, the conviction of the two constables who abandoned him and the reopening of an old case, leading to a judicial inquiry.
Ages 14 to 17
Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Discuss the title of the film. How does it apply to the events in the film? Refer students to the following website. Be prepared to answer any questions or comments that may arise as they read the document. Generate an awareness discussion on the information it gives.