Over the past few months Jasmine Thomas who comes from Saik’uz, which is part of the Yinka Dene Alliance, has been training with AMES in our Climate Matters program.
We were lucky enough to connect with Jasmine during the recent Convergence 2014 rally and march in protest against the Harper Government’s decision to approve Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline. Jasmine is an incredible spokesperson who has represented her community as various events and protests to protect the land and water in northern BC.
As part of Climate Matters Jasmine has come to Vancouver over the past several months for media production training with filmmakers Cowboy Smithx and Nilesh Patel. She then worked with teachers and staff at the Nak’albun Elementary in Nak’azdli bringing the skills learned back to her community to teach grade 6 and 7 classes the basics of photography, filming and interviewing techniques. Jasmine says the work was well received, as the school would like her to share this program on a broader and more consistent level in the next school year. Another short piece that Jasmine will help the youth of Saik’uz make is around traditional plants and medicines and what the community is doing to help safeguard these areas for future generations.
Jasmine is also organizing an environmental health field day on June 24th to take the Saik’uz knowledge holders and youth, academics and health service providers out on the land where they harvest. They will be gathering medicines, going over cultural protocols, sampling procedures, teaching youth how to collect samples and send off for contaminant analysis, as well gearing up youth to document the day through photography and film. Footage from the photo-harvesting exercise and filming done by the youth will also be used in the student short video.