Bella Bella, also known as Waglisla meaning "river inlet", is the home of the Heiltsuk Nation and located on the east coast of Campbell Island in the Central Coastal region of British Columbia, Canada. Bella Bella is located 181 km north of Port Hardy and 144 km west of Bella Coola.
With a population of 1,400, Bella Bella is the largest community to be found on the Central Coast north of Queen Charlotte Strait and the Heilstuk are strong, outspoken leaders.
The 2015 herring season saw a crisis erupt over a long-simmering dispute between the Heiltsuk and The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Citing concern for the stocks and Heiltsuk rights, the Heiltsuk occupied the local DFO office for 4 days, and on Oct 28, 2015 they made a Declaration of Title & Rights.
In November 2016 it was announced that all efforts to appeal to the Federal Government to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project was successful. The Heiltsuk personally presented at these hearings. The Heiltsuk continue the work to protect their lands, waters and all the inhabitants.
REASONS TO BRAG
Alexa Gladstone-Brown & Astrid Wilson creators of The Next Generation won the Runner up Best Documentary
Bella Bella Films
A experimental rumination of self and place in the world.
An informative documentary about oil tankers and the threat they pose to the Heiltsuk way of life.
A documentary exploring the importance of the Heiltsuk culture.
An inspirational documentary celebrating and encouraging youth to engage with the Heiltsuk culture.
A mini documentary exploring how the affects of Residential School still resonate within the community.
Created by the Grade 6/7 class in the Bella Bella Community School.
A film that celebrates the Heiltsuk curriculum - both language and culture - in the Bella Bella Community School.
A brave film encouraging youth who suffer from bullying, depression and suicidal thoughts to turn to others for help.
A film that interviews two different generations about the importance of the Heiltsuk culture.
A film that highlights each individual and their goals and uniqueness to help them move away from sorrow and suicide and into self love and celebration.
An epic animation celebrating Heiltsuk culture.