Updates from BC PhD Student: Saul Milne

In the second week of October 2017 the primary researcher worked alongside a film crew of 3 professionals (co-director, audio, cinematographer) for three days to document Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations through evening dinners with Elders, an interpretive canoe journey with two young community members across a portion of Tla-o-qui-aht’s Tribal Parks, and through the Tribal Park’s application of drone technology to protect their hahoulhthee  (water and land associated to a hawił). During the filming we identified opportunities to work within family units to document knowledge transfer and use with youth.

All film and audio have been formatted for editing, one more opportunity to film was identified that lead to a formal request for changes to Human Research Ethics Board. The current plan is to film one more time in late winter early spring, either way there will be archival print to be housed in the community, and a edited 20 minute movie that documents aspects of how Tla-o-qui-aht’s knowledge is transferred and where it takes form.