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Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 3:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Winner, Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2015

At a stunning low altitude, aerial cinematography sweeps over Haida Gwaii, a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago off the northwest coast of British Columbia. It takes us into the geographic heart of the Haida people, who thrived for more than 10,000 years until they were decimated by disease, rampant commercial logging and industrial over-fishing post-contact. Today, the Haida Nation is recovering, exerting their sovereignty and winning battles against unsustainable logging and fishing. Award-winning director Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke, Peace Out) turns his camera on the unique community uniting to protect land and sea for the next generation. Haida hereditary Chief Allan Wilson, renowned activist Guujaaw, and eco-activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki work alongside scientists, organic farmers, artists and former loggers to create a synergy of sustainable development while at the same time, the islands sit squarely in the path of the proposed Tar Sands seaway to Asia.

Q&A with director Charles Wilkinson to follow the screening.

  • Directed by Charles Wilkinson
  • 2015, BC
  • 75 minutes
    Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

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