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A celebrat­ion with the Bella Bella community

October 2 to October 7, 2022

From 2 to 7 October
publishedOctober 25, 2022
In a classroom, eight students stand around a desk looking at photos that they took during the Ocean School workshop.

The Ocean School team travelled to Bella Bella, in what is now known as British Columbia’s Central Coast, to give back to the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) community.

During their time in Bella Bella, Ocean School education producers Heather De Lagran and Erika Sullivan led workshops for 80 students at Bella Bella Community School, shared the resources from the collection with teachers, and organized a community movie night with a screening of the videos from “The Harvest” (Bák̓vṇx̌) collection.

“We have been working with the Haíɫzaqv since 2019 on the collection, explained De Lagran. ‘COVID delayed the project and our ability to share and celebrate with the community. Finally, we made it back to share the videos, interactive experiences and activities with students and teachers in the Bella Bella Community School, as well as the larger community.’

For over 14,000 years, the Haíɫzaqv community has cultivated a reciprocal relationship with the rich and unique ecosystem that surrounds them. ‘The Harvest’ (Bák̓vṇx̌) collection is a celebration of this relationship between the Haíɫzaqv and the region’s keystone species (herring and salmon) and through which students can learn more about how traditional ecological knowledge can guide them into a more sustainable future.

‘What makes this collection of media special is that we didn’t come to the community with a production plan,’ said De Lagran. ‘We first asked the community leaders and educators what stories and science they wanted to share. We were advised on who and what to film and worked with teachers in the community to create the activities. In the end, every piece of media and every activity was vetted by members of the community.’

Giving back to the community

It was important for the Ocean School team to go back and give back to the community. ‘Ocean School is aware of the past injustices towards Indigenous people that film, science and education have played a part in,’ said De Lagran. ‘And part of reconciliation is giving back, and showing that you value the knowledge and time shared with you. And we have learned so much! It was really special to be able to close the project with this visit, and watch students see their relatives and neighbours in the videos.’

‘As someone that participates in the production of educational materials, I don’t always get to see what we make in a classroom setting,’ added Erika Sullivan. ‘As a former teacher, sometimes I miss being able to witness the magic of student learning. I’m so grateful to have been able to visit the Bella Bella Community School and to work directly with students as they watched videos featuring their families and community members. The visit really highlighted for me the importance of making content that tells multiple perspectives and resonates with students from all over.’

We wish to thank Haíɫzaqv Nation and the community of Bella Bella for making ‘The Harvest’ (Bák̓vṇx̌) possible, and for allowing Ocean School to be guests in their territory.

‘The Harvest’ (Bák̓vṇx̌) collection

How can we take a little and leave a lot for nature? Youth host Jordan invites you and Boris Worm to his Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) homelands to take part in the harvest. Learn how herring, salmon, and Haíɫzaqv people are interconnected in the rich ecosystem of what is now known as British Columbia's Central Coast.

This collection has 16 pieces of media. You can also enjoy The Harvest in 3 smaller thematic collections: All the ways of knowing (T̓áqan̓iálas q̓áy̓aixdi), Don't overharvest (K̓tsi h̓a̓gi̓uƛa), and Taking care (C̓isḷa). Each of these smaller collections is framed by a different inquiry question to guide the learning.

Explore "The Harvest (Bák̓vṇx̌)"

‘The Harvest’ (Bák̓vṇx̌) collection

Explore "The Harvest (Bák̓vṇx̌)"

Additional resources for The Harvest (Bák̓vṇx̌) collection

"The Harvest" was filmed and developed on unceded Haíɫzaqv homelands and waterways. All of the media and activities in “The Harvest” were developed and validated with Haíɫzaqv educators and community leaders, and Haíɫzaqvḷa fluent speakers. Visit the page "Additional resources for the Harvest" to learn more about how we collaborated with the Haíɫzaqv community, our approach to incorporating Indigenous language into the collections, and additional resources that you may find helpful.

Learn more about how ‘The Harvest’ (Bák̓vṇx̌) was made

Additional resources for The Harvest (Bák̓vṇx̌) collection

Youth host Jordan Wilson and biologist Boris Worm examine kelp from the side of a boat.
Learn more about how ‘The Harvest’ (Bák̓vṇx̌) was made

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