Thank you so much to everyone who came to see One River Many Relations last week during our Canadian tour. And a huge thanks to our fort Chipewyan Elders, Alice Rigney and Joseph Gibot, who braved the trek from the north to join us on this exhausting run.
It was such a wonderful experience to not only share our film with new audiences, but to meet up with local First Nations individuals who not only welcomed us into their territory with open arms, but shared their own stories with the audiences. We discovered that struggles with resource extraction and Treaty rights are unfortunately all too common across Canada, but that grassroots people are uniting in this cause, and this makes everybody stronger. That’s what this tour was all about. And I want you to continue to be a part of it.
Now that the tour has concluded and we finally got to enjoy two days of the same time zone, we look forward to the next chapter of this film distribution. Sneak peek: I’m talking about enabling community viewings organized by anybody willing to get this message out there, as well as personal and institutional DVD and Blu-ray purchases, and online rental. All the proceeds from licences and sales will be going to support Community Based Monitoring of the environment in Fort Chipewyan, how great is that! Plus, to get the community organized viewings kick-started, we’re planning 3 days of free viewing of our film in the near future. Follow us on Facebook or add your email to our mailing list to stay up to date.
We’ve got a hump to jump before we get there, though. A redesign of oneriverthefilm.ca needs to happen so that we can use the site to facilitate community viewings. We’re working on a step-by-step guide and possibly even an instructional video to walk you through the ins and outs of hosting your own community screening, like how to access branding materials, a step by step guide to booking a venue, and tips for the big night. Our site will have an interactive map that shows upcoming screening locations all across the world; whether it’s in your church’s basement or in Carnage Hall, we’ll make sure it’s promoted on our end.
I’m excited to see how this chapter of our story will play out. In the meanwhile, remember, we all live downstream.
Michael Tyas is the managing editor of One River News. He graduated the University of Manitoba with an honours degree in environmental studies, and is a professional videographer and video trainer. He produced the feature length documentary "One River, Many Relations" in Fort Chipewyan. He continues to work with indigenous communities to share their stories around resource extraction, industrial development, and impacts on traditional territories.