By Karen Anspacher-Meyer

Spirit Bear-Doug Neasloss.jpg

(Photo Credit: Douglas Neasloss)

Come bask in some Canadian ocean optimism! Tuesday night is the IMCC Marine Movies evening extravaganza. Delicious appetizers, cash bar, dessert and an unforgettable journey to the Great Bear Sea. Q&A with First Nations and British Columbia marine planners. 6pm at Rocket Bakery (upstairs), 272 Water St., downtown St. John’s. Free event.

  • Spirit bears, salmon, wolves, whales
  • One of the largest marine planning areas in the world
  • Successful partnership among First Nations, BC government and stakeholders
  • Collaborative research
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Watch the trailer:

My partner, Ralf Meyer, and I have worked for 25 years producing films that tell stories about sustainability and the conservation of natural resources, filming in remote places in North America and meeting people who I refer to as “the most amazing people in the worldbold leaders working for a more just and sustainable future. When we travelled to the Great Bear Sea to produce this film, we were captivated as we stepped into this incomparable place along the north Pacific coast of British Columbia and met the people who call this home.


(Photo Credit: Green Fire)

But The Great Bear Sea film isn’t my story about the people and the place. Elders and young First Nations leaders, the BC government and the people creating these marine plans are the storytellers here—sharing a window not only to the issues they are facing, but also the vision and solutions held in the plans.

Everything we eat, whether it’s inter-tidal, whether it’s bottom fish, whether it’s herring, whether it’s herring spawn, whether it’s salmon – everything comes out of that ocean. It’s a lifeline. It’s a lifeline for our people. – William Housty, Chair, Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department

The Great Bear Sea is a major intersection between rich culture, deep human history, industrial interest, and the natural world. For three years we have focused our cameras on the Great Bear Sea and always come away with the pivotal nature of the marine plans and the importance of seeing the plans implemented. I encourage you to see one of the most promising stories of our time.


(Photo Credit: Green Fire)

Following the film, First Nations leaders Russ Jones, Hereditary Chief, Haida Nation & Project Manager of the Haida Oceans Technical Team and Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas Council, plus Karen Topelko, Senior Marine Planner, BC Government and I will take your questions.

This free event will take place offsite, in the third floor community room of Rocket Bakery in downtown St. John’s – a five-minute walk from the Delta Conference Center. Appetizers (including vegan and gluten-free) and beverages will be served. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sandwiches, drinks, snacks and other items from the bakery will also be available for purchase in the dining area. If you hope to purchase dinner, we suggest you arrive early, before the event; kitchen may close before this event is over.

6pm Appetizers & cash bar

6:30 Film

7:30 Q+A

8:00 Dessert, coffee & cash bar social



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