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ArtsCultureFilm9TuesdayFebruary52013FarFurCountrylmreturnstoFortChipFilmmakersvisittonishshootingdocumentaryshownewfootageByMEAGANWOHLBERGResidentsofFortChipewyanwereabletoseesomerarenever-before-seenHudsonsBayCompanyHBCfootageoftheircommunityfrom1919lastFridayeveningwithasec-ondvisitbythelmmakersbe-hindTheReturnoftheFarFurCountrydocumentaryproject.KevinNikkelandRyanHerdmanofFiveDoorFilmsoutofWinnipegwerebackinFortChipewyanontheweek-endtosharesomepreviouslyunseenfootageandcompletethenalshotsfortheirdocu-mentaryinprogress.Thelmprojectseekstore-storeHBCsoriginaltwo-hourlmTheRomanceoftheFarFurCountryfromwhatarecurrentlyeighthoursofdis-organizedlmreelfoundinpiecesinarchivesinLondonEngland.Sofar30minuteshavebeenputtogether.TheteamvisitedFortChipalongwithFortMcKayandFortMcMurrayexactlyoneyearagotosharetherstofthehistoriclmfootagewhichshowstheepicjourneyofHBCtraderstothefurtradinghubandthetraditionallifestyleoftheAb-originalpeoplesinthearea.Thistimetherewereabout10minutesofnewfootageshowingdogsledracesonthelakekidsatresidentialschoolandtheprocessoftrapping.ThishistoricallmraisesallthesegreatquestionsoftheenvironmentAboriginalrela-tionspowersoIcannotnotengagewiththosethingsNik-keltoldTheJournal.IfeelthecommunityvisitshavebeenimportantformetoseethesignicanceoftheCa-nadiandynamictheimbalanceoftheCanadianexperienceinreferencetoAboriginalInuitFirstNationsinteraction.SoImreallyinterestedtokindofseehowthisplaysoutintheinter-sectionbetweentheHudsonsBayCompanyandthecom-munitiestoday.AlongsidetherestorationNikkelandhisteamarelm-ingaseparatedocumentarydepictingthecommunityreac-tiontothehistoriclmfootageaswellasscenesandinterviewsfromthepresentthatharkenbacktothetraditionalwayoflifeasseenin1919.Itjustmadesensebecausewestartedtolookatitandwesaiditsgoingtotakeawhiletorecreatethis.WethoughtinthemeantimebecausepeoplewerehungrytoseeitandtherewasarealinterestthatwhileweeditedanddidtheresearchwewouldtakeitonatourandthenitjustlogicallymadesensetodoadocumentarytoobecauseallthesegreatstorieswerecomingoutNikkelsaid.Mydocumentaryaboutthisistotrytodothisjuxtapositionoftheoldandthenewandseewhatcomesofthat-whataretheapproacheshowarepeo-plelivingNikkelsaid.Onelmbyitselfraisesquestionsbuttheotheronemightanswerthem.WhileinChipontheweek-endtheteamwentouttolmlocalmusherRobertGrand-jambewithhissleddogteamexperiencediceshingandtrapsettingatacross-culturaleventputonbyAthabascaDeltaCommunitySchoolcheckedshingnetswithCharlieCar-dinalandinterviewedsomeothercommunitymembers.Nikkelsaidsomepeoplerec-ognizedmembersoftheirfami-liesinthelmfootageorwereabletogivemoreinsightintothecontextofthelmsscenes.AsexpectedhesaidtherehasbeennoshortageofopinionontheoriginallmwhetheritbethederogatorylanguageusedbyHBCtodescribeAb-originalpeoplesandlifestylesorthechangestoculture.Theresjustsomuchinhere.Itspregnantwithso-cialcommentaryenviron-mentalissuesandnationalidentitywhatwethinkandhowwemakepeacewithitNikkelsaid.SomereactionshowedangerattheuseofthewordsIndi-ansandEskimosaswellasdescriptionsoftheplacebeingprimitiveoruncivilized.Nikkelsaidthoseconversa-tionsareveryvaluabletohavenotjustforhisdocumentarybutsociallyaswell.Itsagoldmine.InsomewaysitshowsalotoftheworkCanadaneedstodo...Eventhoughtherearesmellypartstoit-theterminologyusedisdisrespectfulracist-Ithinkthedignityofthewayoflifetranscendsthat...Thebeautyofthewomansewingthetrapping-itssoprofoundlybeautiful.Ithinkthatsmuchlouderthanthedisappointinglanguagethere.PartofthepurposeofthecommunityvisitsNikkelsaidistondoutwhatresidentsoftheplacesshowninthelmthinkshouldbedonewiththefootage.Generallyhesaidpeopleareexcitedandwantitshared.Almostunanimouslypeo-plearesayingTakethistothenextlevel.WewantnotjustourchildrenbuttherestofCanadatoseeit.Theyseethepotentialinthisasacon-structivewayoflookingatthetroubledhistorythatwehave.13021DA6SOWEREHAVINGCONVERSATIONSABOUTITNOW.LETSTALKWATER.FromdrinkingwaterandhealthylakestohydraulicfracturingandresponsibleuseallAlbertanshaveastakeinhowwemanageourwater.Jointheconversationaboutourwaterfuturenowatwaterconversation.alberta.caWATER.ITSHERFUTURE.ITSOURFUTURE.PhotoReneFrancoeurFilmmakersRyanHerdmanandKevinNikkelinterviewdogmusherRobertGrandjambeonLakeAthabascanearFortChip.