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.