The very talented local filmmaker Claudia Medina will be showcasing two trailers for her upcoming films this Saturday at the Celebration of Cultural Diversity, held at PR Recreation Complex.
#1 A Canoe Journey – In the summer of 2015, the Tla’Amin Nation hosted a regional version of the annual Canoe Journey. Six canoes from various groups and First Nations on the coast journeyed through ancestral highways on the Salish Sea and were greeted and hosted by Comox, Homalco and Klahoose communities along the way.
After a week of pulling together, the canoes arrived on the shores of T’eeshosum (Sliammon) Beach and Willingdon Beach where three days of protocol, feasting and gifting were held.
Many of the journey participants were youth from various First Nations in BC. Others were non First Nations people who were welcomed to take part in the challenging and transformative journey. The time spent together on the sea, and in the land of the welcoming communities, forged deep friendships, deepened learning and understanding and pride in the culture and traditions of the hosting nations.
This film tells the story of the Canoe Journey through the experiences of the participants, whose friendships and shared learning hold valuable lessons about the true history and cultural profundity of the land and waters around us, and the future that we must all create together with mutual respect and understanding.
#2 Carving Reconciliation: Art and Conversation at Sycamore Commons. Ivan Rosypskye, a Heltsiuk carver and weaver and long time Powell River resident brings a large wooden pole to life with images of history, spirit, culture and life in Coast Salish territories. The pole lives on the grounds at the Anglican Church, within a community permaculture garden, a place of learning and sharing for all. While Ivan carves, members of the Tla’Amin Nation, the church, the gardeners, the local neighbourhood and the communities at large, stop by and talk about what reconciliation means. Hard realities of the past and present are faced, and hopes for the future are shared.
Each of the films are five minutes in duration. Film #1 will be shown at 10:15 am and Film #2 will be presented at 1:20 pm on Saturday, November 21st at the PR Recreation Complex.