Lil’wat Youth Participate in Filmmaking Project

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With Catalyst funding of $7,000, the Mount Currie Band Council launched the Mount Currie Digital Storytelling Project. The digital filmmaking program for Lil’Wat youth and educators will help the community tell the story of its cultural identity. A group of teachers and students attended the Gulf Islands Film and Television School’s spring Aboriginal filmmaking intensive one-week course and graduates completed a short film.

The project produced two storytelling movies: Little People, a story arising from Lil’Wat spiritual beliefs; and Sima7 that depicted the spirituality and peace found in a forest. Five students participated in each aspect of production. The Band Council aims to provide further filmmaking classes for students and hopes to develop a filmmaking apprenticeship program in cooperation with the Ts’Zil Centre, a post-secondary education facility in the community.

Catalyst invests in BC arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to enhance their artistic, administrative and organizational capacities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.