MC NITE SUN – One’s Place

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I’m so honoured to share a music video that I shot with Tipiskâw Pîsim (A.K.A MC NITE SUN) last summer in Treaty 7 Territory just West of what is now known as Calgary, AB.

I absolutely love Tipiskâw Pîsim’s work and honoured to have been able to do this collaboration; this song really speaks to the need for all of us to be better to women and mother Earth, for we are nothing without them.

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Darla Contois in Toronto

I met Darla over a year ago during the 2017 Young Entrepreneur Symposium, she is a fantastic actor based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Darla was passing through Toronto and we took the opportunity to catch up over brunch and take a few fun snaps as we walked through Kensington Market and down Spadina.

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Moe Clark à Montréal

My first introduction to Montréal occurred in 2013 and that is when I met the amazing Cree/Métis performer Moe Clark.

I had chatted with Moe in the past about potential collaborations, and after a brief reunion in Vancouver for the 2018 Verses Festival of Words, I knew for a fact that I had to come back to Montréal to see Moe.

My first day was jam-packed, right off the train and into my first shoot documenting performances at the Sisters in Motion event in the Mile End, followed by attending the Tomson Highway opera, which Moe was performing in. I was unprepared for how amazing this evening was going to be, I had never been to an opera before, and to have the Montréal Symphony Orchestra accompany an opera performed in both Cree and Inuktitut was just brilliant.

The rest of the week includes meeting many amazing people and shooting photos and band promo videos. My time here is coming to an end and by tomorrow I’ll be back in Toronto, but I am definitely moving here soon!

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Hullabaloo 2018

Hullaballoo is an amazing 3-day event that happens every year on unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver) and brings together 16 high school poetry teams from across the lower province to compete and celebrate youth poetry.

I’ve been so fortunate for many many years to come in, brand the festival, and photograph every performance.

These young people are amazing, and if you ever get the chance, do not miss out on next year’s event.

YOUTHSLAM.CA

Below are some select photos from this year’s event.

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Ellena Neel Indigenous Fashion Line

I was so fortunate While passing through Vancouver to be contacted by my good friend and powerhouse indigenous fashion hero Joleen Mitton. She was organizing a private show featuring the new clothing line by designer Ellena Neel @ellenaneel.

Ellena’s beautiful and diverse clothing line was complemented by the stunning and talented indigenous models Gillian Thomson, Cody Kearsley, Alexis Battle, Monday Blues, and Ellena herself, with MUA Alyssia Requena.

Westin Bayshore Photo Shoot

Behind The Scenes

Fashion Walk

Haida Gwaii Youth Assembly 2017

The Haida Gwaii Youth Assembly is an amazing event that happens every year where settler and Haida youth from across Haida Gwaii come together to learn about the governance of the Haida Nation, and complete in a series of challenges to grow, laugh, and build relationships that will last a lifetime.

This is our 5th year and I was asked to come back again to lead the youth media team in creating a short documentary that highlights a 3-day event, and a fun music video. Our media team are comprised of talented teenagers that work tirelessly over the weekend to produce videos that will be looked back on for years.

Swanson Fish Farm Occupation Event

Tonight, we held an evening of solidarity to support those that are peacefully occupying fish farms on the south coast of BC.

We gathered in the home of Severn Suzuki and then joined up with a local Haida dance group at the Haida Heritage Centre to dance and sing to show our support.

#GetTheFishFarmsOut

 

Gathering Our Nations Documentary

At the end of August, the bi-annual Gathering Our Nations suicide prevention cultural camp took place again at the Hiellen Longhouse campground on the North end of Haida Gwaii; an absolutely amazing weekend full of connections, food, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

I was brought in by organizer Harmony Williams to create a short documentary that hopefully can capture just a small taste of the magic and inspire others who may want to put on their own events elsewhere.

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Virtual Totems Documentary

Earlier this week I was contacted by filmmaker Helen Haig-Brown to come on board to help shoot a series of interviews with Haida carvers Jaalen Edenshaw and Guujaaw as they talk about the significance of Haida poles.

The project was commissioned by the Royal Museum of British Columbia to help educate people on the history and context of Haida poles that are showcased, but have very little information about.

The first day focused on Jaalen Edenshaw in his carving shed up in Masset.

The second day took up down to the ancestral village of Ḵ’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans), a Haida Heritage Site, where Guujaaw (Gidansda) chief of that village told the history of the village to a fellow young clan member.

SKG Saints NO DAPL Video

Erica Ryan-Gagne is a brilliant and strong Haida entrepreneur, mother, and basketball coach in Skidegate, BC. Another big part of Erica is her activism work and recent travels to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In November Erica contacted me to shoot a video with her Skidegate JR. Saints in support of water protectors in South Dakota.