Keely Weget-Whitney’s Rivershed Story
“Under a haze of wildfire smoke and with her ancestors watching from above, Keely Weget-Whitney steps into the frigid and fast-moving waters of the Fraser River with one goal in mind: make people care. Join the 25-year-old member of the Stl’atl’imx First Nation as she embarks on a 60 kilometre swim to bring awareness to the depleting number of wild salmon and its impacts on her culture and the environment. “I just feel that if I care, a young Indigenous Stl’atl’imx mother, people will reflect on that, and they’ll say why am I not caring, what can I do for a change?” As she battles the strong current and her own self doubt, Keely encourages us all to come together to make change.”
Keely Weget-Whitney is a graduate of the Rivershed Society of BC’s 2011 Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP). On Sunday, August 6th, 2017, Keely Weget-Whitney swam the Fraser River from Lillooet to the Stein River. The film (For the Love of Salmon) tells Keely’s story.
Filmed and produce by Jan Vozenilek of Copper Sky Productions.
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Okanagan Indie Film Fest – Kelowna, BC
August 20, 2018 – FraserFEST Tuckkwiowhum Community Dinner – Boston Bar, BC
August 22, 2018 – SLLP Alumni Reunion – Yale, BC
August 24, 2018 – Moonrise Film Festival – Wells, BC
August 31, 2018 – Cinemuskoka – Muskoka, ON
N/A – Elevation Indie Film Awards – Dublin, Ireland
Sunday, September 21, 2018 – Rivers Day events – TBD
Thursday, October 25, 2018 – Planet in Focus – Toronto, ON
The Pinnacle Award: Short Film – Elevation Indie Film Awards – Dublin, Ireland
“Amazing scenic vistas.”
“An important interesting story brought to life by skilled directing”
Audience Choice Award for Best BC Film – Moonrise Film Festival – Wells, BC
Special Jury Award – Cinemuskoka – Muskoka, ON
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