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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A documentary on the protests and legal challenges surrounding Site C will be airing on APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, on Wednesday night.
Heather Hatch, a Haida First Nation filmmaker, directed the film “Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2021.
It will air on APTN Wednesday at 9 p.m. on the north and west channels.
Hatch said she worked on the documentary for five years, mainly with Diane Abel and her family from West Moberly First Nation.
“It follows their fight against the justice [system], all their court cases, ultimately until 2018 when they’re filing for an injunction and lost,” Hatch explained.
The filmmaker said the story caught her attention because she wanted people to know what was happening and how First Nations are being impacted.
“It’s a more remote area in Canada, but also, we are in the age of truth and reconciliation, but at the same time, people are being disinherited of their treaty rights and their culture,” she said.
“I think it’s really important to document what’s happening here because a lot of people think that we’re progressing forward as a nation, but we’re still apologizing for stepping on the foot while still standing on the foot.”
Hatch said the film delves into the thoughts of citizens on the political motivation to have the dam built, along with “the humanity of the First Nations and why they wanna stay here.”
The Site C dam began construction in 2015, and the $16 billion site is on track to be fully running by November 2025. The reservoir could be flooded as early as later this year.
The next stop for the film is in the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver on February 23rd, along with DƏNE YI’INJETL: The Scattering of Man about the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.
The documentary is still going through the film circuit and will play in Australia and Argentina later this year.
The trailer can be viewed below:
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