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It’s time for the world-wide release of the film!

In the year since the premiere in Gibsons, B.C., on June 26, 2017, the film has been screened in many diverse communities, from Denman Island and Saltspring Island, to Kelowna, Vancouver,  Duncan, Sechelt, and Port Townsend, Washington; twenty screenings in all.

I am very honoured and pleased to say that today, Thursday, June 7, 2018, Elizabeth May hosted a special Parliamentary screening of the film, by invitation, to MPs and Senators, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa.

It has been a challenging journey, from the humble beginnings in 2013, gathering equipment and gear, documenting community meetings, then traveling to the tar sands to take part and document the Healing Walk. Meanwhile, through the years, there was all the shooting of numerous underwater locations around the Salish Sea. There were four years of covering rallies, protest marches, and numerous arrests on Burnaby Mountain, interspersed by quieter interludes among the forests and streams surrounding the Salish Sea. Then there was the challenge of trying to make sense of three hundred and fifty hours of my own footage, plus that shared by others; the challenge of writing a narration; the challenge of endless hours of research to verify factual scientific information; the challenge of trying to marry science and facts, with beauty and the wonder of nature.

Along the way I was so honoured to work with many wonderful and talented people who shared this vision and contributed their images, their music, their animation, their publicity, their web design, event organizing, and so on. Community members stepped up and generously supported the project with donations to help with production costs. And always, there was the inspiration of working  with and documenting the dedicated and passionate members of the community standing together with Indigenous leaders. They stood in resistance to the inappropriate and toxic projects foisted on the public and future generations by corporations out to make quick profits, sadly aided by politicians in governments who have lost their way.

So, after more than five years of work, here it is. In keeping with the community spirit of giving, rather than taking, you can now watch the film online. We ask that, if you are able, consider helping to support this work with a small donation.

Please watch the film and share it with others. Take action to save the healthful values that sustain our lives, our fellow beings in the natural world, and the lives of those unborn future generations.

It is in our power to do this.

Sarama

 

World Oceans Week screening at the Rio Theatre, June 2, 2018

We had a great audience for the screening at the Rio Theatre during World Oceans Week on June 2, 2018. Many thanks to all the dedicated Dogwood volunteers who worked to make this become such a successful event.

We were honoured with the presence of Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice President of the Union of Indian Chiefs.

Q&A after the screening of This Living Salish Sea, left to right:
-Sarama, Producer/Director, This Living Salish Sea
-Sophie Harrison Campaigns and Communications Coordinator for DogwoodBC
-Rachel Fox, Programmer and MC, the Rio Theatre, Vancouver
-Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

Sophie Harrison spoke to the audience about the situation, in regard to May 29, 2018, when the Trudeau Government announced the decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan. She said, “We are wasting four and a half billion dollars of taxpayer money on a sixty five year old pipeline that literally leaked, spilled, last week.” Sophie went on to outline what actions people could take to resist this decision and also reiterated that this was not yet a done deal.

Chief Bob Chamberlin spoke about the tar sands and the Trudeau Governments handling of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project, “We’re talking about vast tracts of Canadian land being put to waste. And what we’re watching is captured government, captured regulators; and that has painfully become aware to all of us this past week since we’ve all become kind of quasi shareholders in the Trans Mountain pipeline. And what a tragic circumstance to wake up to.”