Haida Gwaii: On the Edge Of the World
Catalogue Number: ICE110
Producer: Indiecan Entertainment Inc.
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Economics, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Global Issues, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2015
Running Time: 75:26
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, set on the pristine Haida Gwaii archipelago, shows how the distinct world view of an over 14,000 year old society is co-mingling with the values of an influx of progressive, modern urbanites to create an amazing example of how the world could be.
The story of Haida Gwaii is one of of a place and a people who have experienced the ravages of unsustainable exploitation; they’ve fought back, reclaimed control of their lands, and have begun the process of rebuilding both their natural world and a sustainable modern community. A community free from corporate control, one where whole food is accessible to everyone, a community with no shopping malls. But wouldn’t you know it - all of that is now under the threat of daily fossil-fuel-laden super-tanker traffic wanting to pass through their treacherous waters.
The film features insights from former Haida Nation president Guujaaw, activist Severn Suzuki, Haida carver Jaalen Edenshaw, International Rediscovery founder Thom ‘Huck’ Henley, Haida Chief Allan Wilson, ex-loggers, business and cultural leaders, troublemakers, biologists, curmudgeons, scientists and alternative energy experts.
An irreverent, intimate, funny, beautiful, occasionally troubling but always intriguing human story of Canada’s world renowned archipelago - Haida Gwaii – where the 1st Nations Haida majority and their non-native neighbours are winning key battles in the campaign to beat back the dire global threats facing us all. And in the process it’s possible they’re creating a path forward that the rest of us can all follow.
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