In February of this year a really big film hit theatres around the world. Three years in the making, the Great Bear Rainforest IMAX showcases the wild beauty and rich wildlife of the coast. Importantly, it also features Central Coast First Nations people and our strong ties to this place as its original stewards.
The film highlights the Heiltsuk’s traditional herring harvest, cutting-edge bear research by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais, and the next generation of youth who are being taught to apply traditional knowledge and science as caretakers of their traditional territories.
“I’ve worked with a lot of film crews and journalists,” says Kitasoo/Xai’xais SEAS Coordinator, Vernon Brown. “But one of the really exciting parts about this project was taking some of our students along, like Mercedes Robinson-Neasloss, who is one of our youth who appears in the film.”
“The other exciting thing,” says Vern, “is the message about our Nations’ work — whether it’s research, salmon conservation, ending the grizzly bear hunt, or any of our other efforts to protect this coast. The film highlights the First Nations inhabitants of this region, showing we have lived here forever, and we are doing a lot of good work as stewards of this place. I think it is important to share that positive message with people around the world.”