Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot'in nation filmmaker from the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Raised by his single mother and family, his culture and upbringing provided a strong foundation for storytelling expressed through his current film work.
In 2013, at 21 years old, he debuted his first short film, The Blanketing. It screened across North America and in New Zealand at festivals such as the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, Toronto Independent Film Festival, and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival among others.
Mack's second short film, Clouds of Autumn, debuted at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and went on to screen at other film festivals such as the Vancouver International Film Festival, Ottawa International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Clouds of Autumn received the 'Best Canadian Short Drama' award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
Chief Roger Williams
Born on a farm at Konni Lake in the Nemiah Valley, William, 49, was raised by a single mother, Eileen Sammy William. He spoke no English until he was sent to residential school. From the age of six until graduation, he attended Indian residential schools in Williams Lake and Kamloops.
Williams was chief from 1992 through 2015, except for 2008 to 2013, when Marilyn Baptiste served. He led his people to a Supreme Court victory establishing Title to 1,750 square kilometres of Crown land southwest of Williams Lake.
A lifelong rodeo rider, he also still rides in mountain races – the Tsilhqot’in version of downhill mountain bike racing, but on horseback.
You are invited...
This event will be broadcast LIVE from the ecologyst Victoria store. Catch it in person (see details below) or join the webinar to attend from anywhere!
RAVEN welcomes you to an evening with two visionary Tsilhqot’in leaders.
Hear from award winning Indigenous filmmaker Trevor Mack. Mack will be joined by former Tsilhqot’in Chief Roger Williams, who led his Nation to an historic Supreme Court Title victory, ushering in a new era for Indigenous rights in Canada.
Where? Ecologyst Victoria store, 552 Johnston Street
When? Monday, September 19th at 7:00 pm
Cost: event is by donation at the door - bring cash for treats & drinks!
Trevor Mack's inquiry has taken him on an odyssey into Central and South America, meeting fellow artists, joining in ceremony and researching the intersecting pathways of Indigenous sovereignty and ecological consciousness. We'll hear about his latest journey, and view his award-winning short film, Tse'man Te?osh, a story of Tsilhqot'in People's relationship with salmon. An award winning filmmaker whose work has screened at TIFF, Sundance, and ImagineNative festivals, Mack has presented alongside Wade Davis + Maori scholar Jacinta Ruru.
From an early age, Roger William was motivated to fight to protect this one last untouched refuge – the Nemiah Valley – from the clear-cutting that had begun in other parts of the Tsilhqot’in territory. As chief, he led his people to a series of legal victories that enshrined Title to unceded territories in Xeni Gwet’in into law. A recipient of an honourary doctor of laws degree from the University of Northern B.C., at nearly 60, Williams still rides in mountain races – the Tsilhqot’in version of downhill mountain bike racing, but on horseback.
This event is a fundraiser: please bring cash for treats and drinks on site.
For the past decade, RAVEN has supported Tsilhqot’in Nation through legal challenges pushing back against Taseko Mines; RAVEN currently works with 8 Nations across the country to enshrine access to justice and fund groundbreaking cases aimed at protecting land, air and water for future generations.