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Mi’ma’omakw: People of the Salmon

World Premiere
17 mins |
Canada |
  • Canadian
  • Environment
  • Indigenous
Damien T.C. Gillis
LANGUAGE(S): English


For well over ten thousand years, the First Nations of BC’s Broughton Archipelago have lived in harmony with their environment, thriving on a diet of wild salmon and seafood which they’ve stewarded sustainably… that is, until Norwegian owned open net pen fish farms showed up and began polluting these coastal waters with their waste, parasites and diseases. Now, these nations are reclaiming their territories, leading the science-based removal of fish farms in an effort to bring back wild salmon.

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This film was part of VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available for viewing.


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Damien T.C. Gillis

Damien Gillis is a BC based filmmaker and journalist. His feature documentary “Fractured Land” won best BC Film and the VIFF Impact Canadian Audience Award at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival and numerous other awards. His narrative short “Shadow Trap” premiered at VIFF 2019 and streamed in Canada on Crave. His ancient forest-themed VR work has appeared in the PuSh International Festival for the Performing Arts and recently at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and North Van Arts. As a journalist, he co-founded and published The Common Sense Canadian, an online journal, with Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafe Mair. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Tyee, The Narwhal, and other publications.

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