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Cooperativa - Trailer
Cooperativa - La Lucha Sigue (The Struggle Continues) 40 min., 2019
produced by Carswellfilm.ca, World Community & Cafe Etico
Journey to several organic coffee farms in the jungle highlands of Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico). Farmers discuss how their fair trade arrangements with the co-ops have brought some security to their families. The film also follows the process of both cacao and milk production through remote regions of what is considered the poorest country in Central America.
Ecology Transforms Youth - Trailer
(35 min. 2019)
Travel with several youth as they explore the rivers and estuaries of the Comox Valley. Created by Wendy Kotilla in 2004, the Youth and Ecological Restoration program has had over 330 participants. Young people work with local researchers and environmental groups, while learning ecological restoration, wildlife rehabilitation and scientific methods. Guided by the power of nature, YER employs ecotherapy practices and mentoring support for youth to gain a sense of worth, belonging and place. See youthecology.ca for more info on the Youth and Ecological Restoration program.
Our Language, Our Culture - (7 min. 2018)
Elders from both Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation share stories with the students of importance language. Language and culture are intertwined and the revitalization of our local languages is critical in allowing culture to thrive.
Elders: Martina Pierre, Bucky Johns. Bob Baker, Produced by School District 48, Copyright Squamish Nation and School District 48.
24 Hour Drum - Seeking Wisdom - (19 min. 2017)
As part of the 2017 24 Hour Drum event, students in Aboriginal Leadership interview Elders from both Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. These teachings inspire the students to create their performances. They dance, sing, and share spoken word at Stawamus Elementary School and Totem Hall in Squamish BC.
Elders: Gwen Harry, Randall Lewis, Lorette Baker, Linda Williams, Martina Pierre, Mary James, Vera Edmonds, Bob Baker, Shirley Toman, Bucky Johns, and Barry Dan. Produced by School District 48, Copyright Squamish Nation and School District 48.
Drumbeats & Dreams (27 min. 2016)
Zena is graduating from Merritt Secondary but the journey was not easy. From the haunting past of residential schools, to the ongoing lack of shared understanding between cultures, Zena and her classmates have succeeded against all odds. This film overviews the Aboriginal Education programs in the Merritt / Princeton region of BC (School District #58) and culminates with a First Nations Grad event that heals and inspires.
Shared Drum, Shared Teritory (9 min. 2016)
Whistler is a world renowned tourist destination but also the shared territory of Squamish and Lil’wat Nation. This film opens the doors to Whistler Secondary School and a magical event - a flag raising ceremony to symbolize the history of our first peoples.
24 Hour Drum - Aboriginal Youth in the Sea to Sky (6 min. 2015)
This film follows a 3 month journey taken by an Aboriginal Youth Leadership group in BC’s Sea to Sky corridor. Left inspired and empowered by an UrbanInk slam poetry workshop, the youth created work around two chosen themes: Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and What It Is Like to Be Aboriginal Today. They rehearsed and then performed spoken word and poetry in schools throughout the corridor at the May 1st, 24 Hour Drum event. Twelve days later they performed to an audience of over 400 at the CAP (Canadian Association of Principals) Conference in Whistler. Now, there is no stopping them! FMI on SD48 see http://sd48aboriginaleducation.org/
This film was inspired in part by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation events. Please note an earlier version of this film Project Heart (12 min.) was revised with footage taken with Verna at the “Rising Above” St. Michaels decommission ceremony.
Following the successes of Bannerman and Apoya, Canada World Youth participants start up their own solar oven project in Bolgatanga, Northern Ghana as well as in the neighboring country, Republic of Benin. Eventually, the participants gain the courage to present solar oven workshops in remote villages. Locals, who normally walk two or three kilometers to find firewood, are delighted to learn of an alternative method to pasteurize water. Excitement moves through the towns as the people find that they can not only save on fuel costs but also preserve their forests by tapping into the free and limitless energy of the sun. (For more info on solar ovens: solarcooking.org)