11:00 AM, March 7, 2020

Unceded Chiefs traces the historic activism of BC First Nations Leaders who, in the late 1960’s, united to reject Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s proposed 1969 White Paper. Director Doreen Manuel skilfully weaves interviews and archival audio to tell a story of resilience and determination.

Lorne Cardinal endorses the film - https://vimeo.com/394718492

Naomi Klein endorsed the film - https://youtu.be/zLafbWVDugU

The film screening will be followed by a moderated discussion with the filmmaker and special guests including:

Chief Judy Wilson (Kukpi7)

 Kukpi7 (Chief) Judy Wilson has served her community for over ten years as Chief and eight years as a Council member since the age of 26 years. She is a strong advocate for recognition of inherent title and rights and self-determination and for the fundamental shifts needed for the survival of all Peoples. These shifts involve transitioning to clean energy from fossil fuels or pipelines, regenerative economies with growing and buying local, and shifting our lifestyles by supporting and maintaining traditional food security and harvesting, most importantly lessening our footprint on the land, and restoring lands,lakes, rivers, and oceans.


Her education includes public administration with focus on governance, public relations,and media (audio-visual production, book publishing, broadcast journalism, and web planning). Her experience and knowledge includes; data technician, communications officer, project developer, news reporter,broadcast manager, and marketing coordinator.


Currently she serves as a member of the following boards and committees:

  • the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Executive (as Secretary-Treasurer)
  • the First Nations Leadership Council•the Assembly of First Nations Lands, Territory and Resources Committee
  • the Assembly of First nations Chiefs Committee on Climate Change
  • the BC Specific Claims Working Group (as co-chair)
  • the BC Small Business Roundtable Advisor
  • the Secwepemc Chiefs Health Caucus
  • the Rural BC Centre Board (Southern Interior)
  • several other community-based committees

Chief Rueben George is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). After serving his nation as Director of Community Development, he shifted his focus to protecting Burrard Inlet, traditional Tsleil-Waututh territory, from the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project as part of the TWN Sacred Trust Initiative. He currently works as Manager of Sacred Trust and a Consultant to Green Sky Labs and Carbon Engineering.

Rueben George is also a spiritual leader and was made a Sun Dance Chief by Chief Leonard Crow Dog in South Dakota, former medicine man for the American Indian movement, sometimes called “Chief of Chiefs.” Rueben has become one of the best known voices in the media locally and internationally in the conversation about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and other related issues.

Moderater:  Jules Koostachin

Born in Moose Factory Ontario, Jules was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents in Moosonee, and also with her mother in Ottawa, a warrior of the Canadian Residential school system. Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo InNiNeWak. She currently resides in Vancouver where she is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, her research focus is Indigenous documentary. In 2010, she completed her masters at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded the Award of Distinction for her thesis work, as well as the Graduate Ryerson Gold Medal for highest academic achievement. While in graduate school, she produced her first feature documentary film Remembering Inninimowin regarding her journey of remembering Cree. After graduation, Jules was one of six women selected for the Women in the Directors Chair program at the Banff Center, where she directed a scene from her feature script Broken Angel, which is currently in development. Jules’ television series AskiBOYZ (2016) co-produced with Big Soul Production is now being aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has a number of films and other media works in development. In 2017, she released her short documentary NiiSoTeWak and her second CBC short OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day will be released in early 2019. In 2017, she released a short documentary Butterfly Monument about her relation, the late Shannen Koostachin with co-director/producer Rick Miller. Jules was the 2017 Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence with the Vancouver Public Library where she further developed her poetry. In the fall of 2018, Jules latest narrative film OChiSkwaCho premiered at ImagineNative Film Festival, and she is also in development with two (2) television series Threshold with Jules Koostachin and SACRED.

In 2018, her first book of poetry Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths was published with Kegedonce Press, and she was also a selected filmmaker for the TIFF Filmmakers Lab. Jules is currently writing her first novel Moccasin Souls and is aiming to defend her PhD thesis in the fall of 2019. She carries extensive knowledge working in Indigenous community in several different capacities and these community experiences continue to feed her advocacy and her arts practice.

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