March 29, 2023

Klabona Keepers film screening + panel

The Canadian CED Network

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We at CCEDNet are very fortunate to be hosting a special online screening + panel discussion of The Klabona Keepers on March 29th, 3:00pm PT / 6:00pm ET.

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The Klabona Keepers film documents a decades-long matriarch-led resistance against resource extraction companies in the Klabona Sacred Headwaters of Northern BC. The film premiered as the opening night film at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and recently won special mention from Vancouver International Film Festival; “for its honest, compelling, and affecting portrayal of generational Indigenous resistance in the face of systemic injustice and resource capitalism.”

Please join us for an exclusive screening of the film (70 min), followed by panel discussion (45 min) with Elders and land defenders from the Klabona Keepers. They will be sharing stories from the front lines; where they successfully protected their territory from some of the world’s largest multinational mining and oil companies. We hope you can join us on March 29th!

For the panel discussion, live interpretation from English to ASL and not a pre-recorded, edited translation is available. The film contains subtitles.

More about the film:

Tl’abane (pronounced – kla-bo-na) – The traditional name for the headwaters of the Skeena, Naas, Stikine and Iskut watersheds, in British Columbia, Canada.

The Klabona Keepers is a fierce account of the Tahltan Nation’s struggle to protect the Klabona Sacred Headwaters, an important natural habitat in northwest British Columbia, from commercial mining and fracking. The documentary intersperses verité cinematography with intimate interviews. It is an in-depth account of the different methods of resistance used by Indigenous elders, which include blockades and tense stand-offs with police and mining industry workers. Powerful moments of reflection are felt throughout the film as the trauma of residential schools and forced relocations are brought to light in an ongoing struggle against colonization.

The project is a collaboration between non-Indigenous filmmakers and Indigenous elders, who were given ownership of the intellectual property, with all proceeds from the film going towards youth programming at the Klabona Sacred Headwaters.

Check out the trailers for Klabona Keepers below


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