Vina Brown, Hillary Beattie | CANADA | 2017 | 46 MIN | Documentary feature

Friday 20 October 2017 | 11:15 AM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
World Premiere

Screening as part of Wisdom of Youth

The Tribal Canoe Journeys is a cultural gathering that takes places along the Northwest Pacific Coast every summer. This stunning, intimate documentary follows Heiltsuk youth on their oceanic journey to the gathering, as they connect with other nations, develop confidence, and gain a deep understanding of what it means to revitalize their culture.


Vina Brown (Heiltsuk/Nuu-chah-nulth) is the Indigenous Programs and Research Coordinator at the Cooperative Extension at Northwest Indian College (NWIC) and part-time faculty at the Coast Salish Institute, teaching Cultural Sovereignty. She has participated in Qatuwas her whole life and was raised within Heiltsuk territory learning traditional food harvesting methods, and the resurgence of her own Heiltsuk culture. This is her directorial debut.




Hillary Beattie is a graduate student and filmmaker who lives in Winnipeg in Treaty 1 territory. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in human geography from the University of Winnipeg. In this degree, she studied human rights, environmental sustainability, and critical theory. Hillary is currently finishing a Master of Environment degree at the University of Manitoba, which focuses on Indigenous resurgence and collaborative filmmaking processes. She is the recipient of several academic awards and scholarships including the Canadian Youth Environmental Leadership scholarship, the Canadian Association of Geographers Undergraduate Award, and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate scholarship. Hillary is very interested in exploring social and ecological issues through film. She completed the Documentary Filmmaking Institute at Seneca College in Toronto, and has created several short films with community organizations such as Climate Change Connection. As part of her master’s degree, Hillary helped make 'Glwa'.