The time has come! One River, Many Relations is going on tour and screening for the public.
We’ve got plans for a short film tour that’s coming up soon, stopping in Winnipeg on November 2nd, London ON on November 4th, and Edmonton on November 6th, so mark your calendars! See our Facebook event, too, for more info and updates.
Our hope is that the film screenings will be opportunities for audiences to learn as much as possible about the issues discussed in the film, so we’ve invited a few friends to join us on the tour. There will also be a representative from a local First Nation hosting each event, welcoming guests to their traditional territory and sharing about their community’s own challenges in learning to coexist with industrial development. Each event will consist of a screening of One River, Many Relations, short presentations from each speaker, and an open discussion with audience members.
We are honoured and excited to welcome the following guests on our tour:
Alice Rigney, from Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, is a strong voice from the film and a passionate speaker on the changes she’s seen take place in the Peace-Athabasca Delta during her lifetime. She will be at each event to share, take questions, and discuss her experiences and hopes for the future downstream from the Oil Sands.
Joseph Gibot, from Mikisew Cree First Nation, has experience on both sides of this coin. Joseph speaks partly from experience as a traditional land user, but he was also away from Fort Chipewyan for many years working in the Oil Sands. He has since returned to the community and can share in detail about the changes to the land that took place during his years away. He will also be a guest speaker, sharing from his experiences and detailed observations.
Tabitha Martens, a Cree Metis researcher, will facilitate each event.
In Winnipeg, we are looking forward to being hosted by Jo Seenie on behalf of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation, and in London by Myeengun Henry of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. Percy Potts of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation will welcome us to Edmonton.
Told from the marginalized and often ignored perspective of Indigenous communities downstream from the Oil Sands, this film describes the tensions in the relationship between industry, land, and people, and the hope that downstream communities hold for the future.
One River, Many Relations is the result of years of research and relationship-building in Northern Alberta’s Peace-Athabasca River Delta. As a shared initiative of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN), and the University of Manitoba’s Environmental Conservation Lab, the film serves as a vessel for the stories these communities have to share and a means for their members to advocate for their rights and the well-being of their land. Find more information about the film at oneriverthefilm.ca
Come learn about the value of traditional Indigenous knowledge and the resilience these communities show in its preservation. Come see the ways in which these communities are working to build their own, healthier future, and engage in conversation with voices from the film and community representatives. Most importantly, come learn about the relationship between industry, land, and people in Northern Alberta and closer to home, and about your place in it.
Tickets cost $8 and are available both online and at the door. All proceeds from the event will support the Community-Based Monitoring program, which is the ongoing research carried out by both ACFN and MCFN highlighted in the film. The CBM program seeks to document the environmental changes that take place as a result of the upstream industry.
Chris Klassen is the Communications Coordinator for the One River, Many Relations documentary project and contributes content to One River News as a part of that work. He studied International Development and Communications at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, MB and is happy to be contributing to the work of building future relationships between land, people, and industry.