CLIENT : Huu-ay-aht First Nations
PROJECT : waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home) Documentary
Huu-ay-aht First Nations have a proud history of triumphing over adversity and are one of only a handful of nations in British Columbia to achieve self-government through a modern treaty.
As a result of the treaty, Huu-ay-aht First Nations has full ownership and jurisdiction over more than 8,200 hectares of land within their territories and continues to have rights throughout their ḥahuułi (traditional territory). The nation operates under a made in Huu-ay-aht Constitution, which supports the laws and policies that establish how the Huu-ay-aht government makes decisions on behalf of its citizens.
Since their treaty came into effect in 2011, Huu-ay-aht First Nations Council and Hereditary Chiefs (Ḥaw̓iiḥ) have been actively seeking opportunities to engage in responsible and sustainable economic development in order to forward the Huu-ay-aht vision of working together to establish a healthy, prosperous, and self-sustaining community.
Munro/Thompson worked with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations to film and produce a feature length documentary that explores the modern story of the self-governing nation. Told from the perspectives of several generations, waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home) showcases how the nation is working to overcome the devastating effects of colonization, healing and rebuilding their homelands, restoring the connection to their traditional culture, and bringing their people home.
“When we’re self sufficient, we’re able to provide more services and programs for our citizens. We’re able to go beyond what’s offered by the Federal Government. And that’s the key. That to me is self-governing.” – Emchayiik Robert J. Dennis, Sr.
Film Festival Submissions
As of November 2018, waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home) has been the recipient of four awards across various global film festivals and competitions, including:
Directed by Brandon Thompson
Produced by Amanda Munro
Director of Photography: Liam Mullany
Cinematography: Nolan McAllister and David Peacock
Editors: Andrew Park, Brian Park and Chris G. Miller
ƛ̓eko ƛ̓eko (thank you) to the Huu-ay-aht government, citizens and community of Bamfield and Anacla for opening up their homes and lives to us.
In partnership with Huu-ay-aht First Nations.