Looking Back and Living Forward
Updated: May 26, 2019
During the last couple of years, we have worked tirelessly raising funds to film and edit a visual documentary, Looking Back and Living Forward. We are eternally grateful to the District of Houston, Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, Canfor, and Chevron for their generous financial support: Thank you.
Our vision is to bring recognition to a significant family legacy for the Wet’suwet’en to proudly pass on to future generations: the spirit of wacoos (respect). The documentary focuses on building a bridge between identity, traditional knowledge and language. We understand that co-producing and recording traditional stories is a powerful tool for those who share and acknowledge them—it fosters unity, strength, and empowerment.
The Wet’suwet’en community members involved are both positively and negatively impacted by Canfor, Pacific Trails Pipeline, and Coastal GasLink. We seek to mend, inspire and sustain a relationship between Kley’ate’ley, Uni’stot’en, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary and elected leadership and community members—whether on- or off-reserve. Integral to the territory’s decision-making, we aim to give a voice to the community and highlight the average person’s experience.
Our ten-day schedule for the summer of 2019 will witness many interviews and ceremonies and complete the remaining storyboards. As we travel to more locations, we’ll require additional field support and for the post-production process too. We intend to film a community event, Larry Tiljoe’s headstone feast; the footprints; Sara’s hat; as well as conducting semi-structured interviews with Kley’ate’ley / Dark House elders and members to discuss what wacoos means to them, in the light of having previously chosen to live off-reserve.
We are constantly driven by Larry’s determination—in person and spirit—to let truth and the spirit of wacoos shine through. Help us tell the rest of the story. Contact Pepita or Marion to learn more about how you can support the Kley’ate’ley family legacy and the historical roots of the District of Houston, pre-settler times.