Haida Gwaii

For millennia, the Haidas have lived on Haida Gwaii, a chain of islands along the Pacific northwest coast.  Before first contact, the Haidas numbered upwards of 30,000 at hundreds of village sites throughout the islands.

 

 


 

THE HAIDA NATION: patterns of resistance

 

 
 
RAVEN, Marcel Russ, Haida artist

RAVEN, Marcel Russ, Haida artist

 

PARTICIPANTS:

William Brotchie

Geoff Greene

Raven LeBlanc

Erika Stocker

Ralph Stocker

Towustasin Stocker

Lisa White

Vern Williams

 

Towustasin Stocker

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Jaw drops when we see them speak the truth, because it never happens.
— White Ravens' Towustasin Stocker reflecting on Haida Elders bearing witness to their experiences in Canada's Indian Residential Schools

The trauma that has happened to our land is very real, and very, very significant.
— Erika Stocker on the history of industrial logging on Haida Gwaii

Erika Stocker

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Geoff Greene

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Do we have to wait for the older generations to die off before we have any justice? I have more hope than that.
— Haida artist, Geoff Greene, on the legacy of Canada's Indian Residential Schools

It was worse than a prison.
— William Brotchie decribing his experience in Canada's Residential Schools.

William Brotchie

William Brotchie decribing his experience in Canada's Residential Schools. #whiteravens

LISA WHITE

If we don’t stop this disrespect of the lands and the oceans, there will be repercussions, for not just Haida People, for all people. For humanity.
— Lisa White

A long time ago we all spoke the same language.

HAIDA: Awath agwii uu tlakil so’on siinga’an
— Vern Williams

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RALPH stocker

It’s not good for our mind and our soul either. There’s a much better way and lots more that can be done.
— Ralph Stocker, speaking of clearcutting on Haida Gwaii
 
 

From 1929 to 1975, 1000's of First Nation children attended St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. It was 1 of 139 Indian residential schools throughout Canada. Many First Nations children were physically and sexually abused while attending these schools, and over 6,000 children perished from neglect and malnourishment. From the early 1900's, until the last school was closed in 1996,150,000 First Nations children were forced to attend these schools.

William Brotchie, Residential School Survivor

St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. The last school was closed in 1996; 150,000 First Nations children were forced to attend these schools.  

Director Georg Koszulinski and White Ravens' Towustasin Stocker filming at the docks in Masset, Haida Gwaii.#haidagwaii #firstnations

Director Georg Koszulinski and White Ravens' Towustasin Stocker filming at the docks in Masset, Haida Gwaii.#haidagwaii #firstnations

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Thomas Moore before and after his entrance into the Regina Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, 1874.  Library and Archives Canada / NL-022474

   Lisa White, Haida Gwaii artist and daughter of the late Chief Edenshaw.  #whiteravens

 

Lisa White, Haida Gwaii artist and daughter of the late Chief Edenshaw. #whiteravens

   White Ravens' Raven LeBlanc speaking with director Georg Koszulinski, Skidegate, Haida Gwaii. #whiteravens

 

White Ravens' Raven LeBlanc speaking with director Georg Koszulinski, Skidegate, Haida Gwaii.#whiteravens

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Haida forester Ralph Stocker reflects on his hopes for the future, in the final chapter of the film.

Haida forester Ralph Stocker reflects on his hopes for the future, in the final chapter of the film.