Salmon BBQ + Indigenous film night with Trevor Mack and former Chief Roger Williams on SSI

Join award-winning filmmaker Trevor Mack to enjoy fresh, wild caught salmon from Tsilhqot’in territory & a discussion/film screening. What a beautiful way to celebrate this year’s bumper sockeye return, and support Indigenous storytelling & film. 

111 Hereford Ave, United Church Meadow – Salt Spring Island. Tickets are $30:

Tickets include salmon dinner with bread and salad – we’ll have a ‘by donation’ non-alcoholic drinks bar as well so everyone is welcome to join in from 7:30 onwards. This event is a fundraiser for Trevor Mack’s Indigenous film & cultural projects and RAVEN. Mack is a young Indigenous artist whose projects are wide-ranging and visionary.

Hear from Trevor Mack about his exploration into community healing through entheogenic medicines. 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. 

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, and is the Indigenous Advisor to the Canadian Psychedelic Association.

From an early age, 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.

Come for dinner and stay for short film screenings (In the Valley of Wild Horses, and Ts’eman Te?osh, a film about Tsilhqot’in relationships to salmon) and a discussion about his latest project, Journey of a Drop. Mack’s most recent project follows a singular drop of water as it makes its voyage from its birth in the glaciers to its merging with the ocean. Along mountainous paths, planar fields, winding rivers, and crashing seas, the drop carries us through North and South America, following a rich history of ancestral ways of honouring water, land, food, animals, and the cosmos. Weaving in and out of ecosystems, this drop illuminates the energy and life carved out by water, releasing Indigenous wisdom and worldviews across the Americas.

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