In a 2017 interview about the film, Dúqva̓ísḷa William Housty of the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation said, “Conservation-wise, this film will really inspire a lot of people to realize the importance of making sure that places like this region are highlighted and preserved for the future.”
It was essential to involve First Nations in the creation of the film, says director Ian McAllister in an interview about the film:
“It was important to us to talk sincerely with the local communities, so we went to each of them and explained what we were hoping to do with the film and then we took their advice and direction. We wanted to spotlight real people, especially young people, and real things that are happening in their communities.”
Along with the incredible fauna of the Great Bear Rainforest—like the white Spirit Bear, herring, and the genetically unique coastal wolves—the stewardship endeavours of First Nations are featured throughout the film. As the film’s website says, “Their living history is inseparably connected to the vibrancy of the rainforest, which they have protected for thousands of years. Today, indigenous youth are coming together and taking responsibility for this place they call home.”
A delegation of Haíłzaqv (Heiltsuk) leaders including elected officials, hereditary, and cultural authorities are travelling to Vancouver to welcome the premiere of the new film.
“We welcome the world to visit our territory through this IMAX experience and to learn more about how they can support our and other indigenous nations around the world in continuing this crucial work,” said elected chief councillor K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett in a media release.
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