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BACK TO THE FIRE
THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING FIRST NATIONS TEACHINGS

Creative Team

Kákeltn Siyám (Chief Gibby Jacob) Executive Producer, Writer

Chief Gibby Jacob, whose ancestral name is Kákeltn Siyám, carries the title of hereditary Chief and is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Chief Gilbert "Gibby" Jacob is one of the most influential Native leaders in Canada. He is a man with quiet power and was twice recognized as a significant member of society and honoured with Vancouver Magazine's Power 50 Award. The Squamish Nation with the leadership of Chief Gibby Jacob will be worth $5 Billion from business revenue, royalties and real estate assets by 2021.

Andy Keen, Producer, Director, Writer

Andy is a two time Juno Award winning filmmaker for the documentaries he made with The Tragically Hip and Sarah Harmer. His films have screened at international film festivals in Canada and had broadcasts on TMN, TVO, and CBC. His latest feature documentary Shooting War (2021), about the trauma and moral injury experienced by some of the world's greatest front line photographers is produced by The Globe and Mail.

Filmography: Shooting War (2021), El Mo Stories (2019), Bobaygeon (2012), Know Your Mushrooms (2009), Escarpment Blues (2006), Seven Painters (1999).

Vanessa Mountain, Associate Producer

Vanessa Mountain is a member of the N'quatqua Band of the St'at'imc Nation. She started her career in the financial services industry and worked her way up the corporate ladder at a large financial institution.

Vanessa moved into program management for Indigenous organizations accelerating community economic development. She is especially proud of her role as Aboriginal Procurement Specialist for the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games that expanded her knowledge of local supply chain opportunities, and how to facilitate connections for Indigenous businesses within the world.

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Pieter Romer, Producer,

Pieter Romer is an award-winning freelance Producer, Director, Writer & Story Editor. Romer comes from the Nisga'a wolf clan or Laxi'buu in northern BC and descends from Frisian seafarers in Northern Holland. He studied theatre at Kitsilano Secondary School and Motion Picture at Capilano College. 

Romer got his break as a Story Producer for the award winning Indigenous current affairs series, CTV First Story, working his way up to Senior Producer. Over fourteen years he produced, directed and wrote half hour stories in art, culture and politics, winning numerous prestigious journalism awards provincially and nationally.

Romer has produced from start to finish over 150 broadcast hours on major networks. More recently Romer completed a co-production with Death & Prosperity called Black Rock, Pandemic Elementary for CBC GEM and a film called, Call me AWOL!

Debrah Burleigh, Accounting/Treasurer

Debrah is on a mission to help people, organizations, corporations and First Nations get their businesses on the right financial system to ensure her clients can stay focused on their vision. Debrah has extensive experience working with her clients to transform their numbers into accessible information that can be used to make better decisions. Debrah designs transparent, anti-corruption financial systems so boards and shareholders can manage all the moving parts of their operations more effectively.