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BACK TO THE FIRE
THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING FIRST NATIONS TEACHINGS

Back To The Fire shines the spotlight on prominent Indigenous leaders across the county, travelling to different communities and territories from BC to the Maritimes, with each episode focused on a single leader and exploring their unique lives. On their territory, stunning locations provide the natural setting to meet peripheral characters who share stories, and teachings. We witness the exchange of life experience and traditions that will connect us all to our past, and help guide us toward a more unified future and help us to learn that we are one. 

THE LEADERS

Kákeltn Siyám (Chief Gibby Jacob)

Chief Gibby is one of the province's leading power brokers.

He and his associates work with First Nations public, and private sector corporations to find novel and powerful solutions to complex negotiations. He has played a key role in landmark negotiations for Squamish Nation and helped transform his community for Squamish Nation, and helped transform his community into one of the country's most prosperous and forward thinking.

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Satsan (Herb George)

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief of the Frog Clan, Satsan has been a long-time Speaker for the Wet'suwet'en Nation, which is located in BC. He served as Speaker for both the Gitxsan, and the Wet'suwet'en Nations. Satsan was a key figure and strategist in the Delgamuukw-Gisday'wa case, which was the subject of a successful judgement before Supreme Court of Canada in December 1997. He was Regional Chief and founder of the National Centre for First Nations Governance.

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Kathryn Teneese

Director/Chief Negotiator, Ktunaxa Nation, East Kootenay Region. Her desire is for people to see the Ktunaxa Nation as part and parcel of the wider community. One of Teneese's greatest achievements was saving the Jumbo Valley from development, and being awarded $21 million to create an Indigenous protected area.

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Eugene Harry (XiQuelem) 

Eugene Harry is a member of the Cowichan Tribes. He is a Shaker Church minister in Squamish Nation and also works at Vancouver Native Health. His journey is one rife with struggle. Now, Eugene, 65, has made it his mission to pass the Shaker faith on to a new generation, hoping faith helps them like it helped him.

" If someone told me when I was young that I'd be a Shaker minister one day, I'd have said 'When Hell freezes over' "

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Sophie Pierre 

St. Mary's Indian Band, Cranbrook, BC

Chief Sophie is distinguished for her commitment to FN economic development. She was a principal leader raising the money to purchase St. Eugene Residential School and renovate the building and surrounding land into a hotel, casino, and golf resort.

"Since it was within the St. Eugene Residential School that the culture of the Kootenay Indian was taken away, it should be within the building that it is returned."

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Ron Hamilton

Hupacasath Nation, Port Alberni, BC.

Ron is a carver, graphic artist, and painter residing on the Ahaswinis Reserve where he was born. Ron has made a vital contribution to the preservation and the continuation of threatened Nuu-Chas-Nulth art and design. In 2018 Ron was appointed as a co-curator for a massive project being undertaken by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

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Miles Richardson 

Raw courage and conviction are dominant personal characteristics of British Columbia Chief Treaty Commissioner, Miles Richardson. In 1984 Mr. Richardson was elected President of the Haida Nation and served for 12 years. When loggers threatened to destroy the old growth forest on Gwaii Hanaas, also known as South Moresby Island, Mr. Richardson and the Haida people marshaled environmentalists to protect their land. Against the odds and with personal risk, he led the Haida and the environmentalists in successfully convincing the federal government to designate Gwaii Hanaas as Canada's first national park reserve, and a Haida heritage site to name the Haida people co-managers of the park.

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Carla George 

She has been elected to the Squamish Nation for her fourth term on Council. Before her time on the Council, she was an alternative dispute resolutions facilitator for Squamish Nation Ayas Menmen Child and Family Services; and a 2010 Aboriginal Secretariat for the Squamish Nation.

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Chief Ian Campbell

Chief Ian Campbell, one of the 16 hereditary chiefs with the Squamish Nation and a band councillor, he's also been a key negotiator in getting his community to work with the Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh nations to reclaim more than 120 acres of land in Vancouver. In 2018, he became the Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate for the 2018 Vancouver muncipal election, but withdrew before the election.

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Adina Williams 

Squamish Nation, North Vancouver

Adina's father was a residential school survivor and her mother a victim of the sixties scoop, where children were placed in foster homes or put up for adoption. Adina talks about the lack of knowledge many Canadians have about the residential school system, and feels it's time to take a decolonized approach to life.

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Bob Joseph 

Member of the Gwawaenuk Nation. Best selling author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, Founder and President of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc, he has provided training on indigenous relations since 1994. Each tear he assists thousands of individuals and organizations in building indigenous relations. His Canadian clients include all levels of government, fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, including the World Bank, small and medium sized corporate enterprises, and indigenous peoples.

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Chief Dr. Robert Joseph 

A true peace builder whose life and work are examples of his personal commitment. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Chief Joseph has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism at home and abroad. Chief Joseph is currently the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, and is an honorary witness to Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

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