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Embracing Life - Powwow 24 Hour Drum - (18 min. 2018)
Aboriginal Leadership students throughout the Sea to Sky corridor collaborated to choose the form and theme of the 24 Hour Drum. This year’s result was a Powwow with the theme Embrace Life as a statement of resilience and empowerment. Youth drummed, danced and feasted with their communities!
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, Linda Williams, Martina Pierre, Bucky Johns. Produced by School District 48, Copyright Squamish Nation and School District 48.
Seeking Wisdom - Students & Elders in Sea to Sky (25 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 move forward with their presentations.
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.
Drumbeats & Dreams (12 min. 2016)
A shortened version of the 27 min. film - 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.
Echoes of the Sinixt People (10 min. 2016)
This film follows students taking part in drumming, dancing, traditional games, art, and storytelling at Nakusp Elementary School. National Aboriginal Day in Nakusp features a Medicine Wheel Ceremony, Dancing by Running Wolf, Storytelling by Ganishka Silverfox, and the signing of the Enhancement Agreement (School District 10 - Arrow Lakes).
24 Hour Drum - Aboriginal Youth in the Sea to Sky (34 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/
Tribal Canoe Journey (5 min.) This short film captures the K’omoks First Nation welcoming ceremony of the annual Tribal Canoe Journey. This event brings together First Nations from Bella Bella BC to Washington State. For over 20 years, the Tribal Journeys have transformed thousands of youth. It has helped them to reconnect to their culture and heritage and has strengthened their confidence as contemporary First Nation people with a longstanding history. Paddlers follow the routes of their ancestors and learn that the oceans provide an abundance of both food and spiritual connection for every community on the Pacific Coast. Canoe journeys have led to a wide-spread awareness of the fragility of marine ecosystems. Over 100 Nations have declared a ban on tar sands pipelines and tankers in their territories FMI contact: pull-together.ca
Verna no.688- Honouring Residential School Survivors (16 min.) is the story of an extraordinary school event in Courtenay, B.C. Teacher Susan Leslie leads a school-wide project and ceremony to honour Indian residential school survivors. Leslie organizes storytelling circles, art and inquiry projects, and encourages students to create ceremonial blankets. Verna Flanders shares her experiences as a survivor of St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay, B.C. Project Heart culminates with a school-wide Blanketing Ceremony to honour Verna and four other survivors (Stan Frank, Valerie Frank, Melvin Price, and Dean Littlelight).
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.
Set in the West African countries of Ghana and Benin, Thirsty Planet (27 min.) reveals the surprising potential of solar ovens. With temperatures often near 40 degrees Celcius, these equatorial regions hold great promise for using the sun to cook food and pasteurize water. We travel to northern Ghana where villagers are forced to draw drinking water from pools contaminated with parasites. We meet local doctors, Mercy Bannerman and Patrick Apoya, and learn how solar ovens are used in an attempt to eradicate the Guineau worm.
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)
Water on Tap (7 min.) In Ghana, residents of the coastal City of Accra do not take their water for granted. Sometimes water supply simply cannot keep up with demand and people are forced to be very creative in their search for water. Water is now called the Blue Gold as world-wide shortages are a major concern now and will become much more serious in the future.