The village of Hazelton, British Columbia, also known as 'Old Hazelton', is located northeast of Terrace and northwest of Smithers along Highway 16 (Highway of Tears) and is found on the shore of the Skeena River and where the Bulkley and Skeena Rivers meet. Approx 300 people live in Hazelton. This area is the home of four First Nations, three of which are the Gitxsan people (Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell and Kispiox) and one who are the Wet'suwet'en people (Hagwilget).
Gitxsan means People of the River of Mist. One of the first public acts asserting Gitxsan ownership of their 33,000 square kilometers of land occurred in 1872. At that time, the chiefs from the Gitxsan community of Gitsegukla blockaded the Skeena River to all trading and supply boats to protest the actions of miners on their territories. The Gitxsan people continue to seek recognition of - and assert - the ownership, jurisdiction, and aboriginal title of their traditional territory and its right to self-government.
Hagwilget is a Gitksan word meaning ‘place of the quiet people.’ The village name in Wet'suwet'en language is actually Tse-kya, meaning is ‘base of rock.’ Other Wet'suwet'en nations include the Ts'il Kaz Koh First Nation and Moricetown Band.
Reasons to brag
Cody Stephens and Kirsten Stephens-Barnes creator of Our Barn won the Youth Award
A mini documentary about Nishan's father Bill Blackwater and his many roles in the Ksan community: singer, dancer, performer and boxer - not to forget Chief and United Church supporter!
A young mother-to-be changes her unhealthy way of living to give her child the childhood she never had.
The filmmaker creates a homage to his grandfather, Chris Skulsh who was born in Kispiox and had a full life fishing and logging. He was also Chief and a devoted family man.
The filmmaker shares his personal struggle with alcohol.
A "trailer" about one of the traditional stories of Wii-get. The filmmaker wanted to try her hand using green screen and After Effects.
A stop motion animation to cleanse the spirit.
A celebration of Community and Family.
A youth learns the importance of living off the land in a place called Gitsegas, BC. Through this experience he grows closer to his grandfather and hopes to pass the knowledge along to his child.
Learning to trust the natural environment through a grandmother.
A survivors story of struggle and hope.
A traditional story about greed, animated in the modern day software program: After Effects.
The family tradition that is found in making bread.
The personal stories of of how Hockeyville Hazelton is a family tradition.
An epic tale about an ancient war between the Gitxsan people - between the village of Kispiox and the people of the larger Nass village.