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The Squaw Hall Project: A Community Remembers

For three years now a group of First Nations youth and elders have been collaborating on creating a documentary and a play about the stories and histories of Williams Lake and especially about the Stampede grounds and Squaw Hall.

The documentary captures  the memories of Secwepemc and Tsilhqot'in elders of being young and growing up in the Cariboo Chilcotin. With a background of beautiful archival images, the elders speak powerfully to their youthful interviewers, with words of wisdom directed to all First Nations youth of today especially those that are now city dwellers with diminishing contact and context to their ancestral roots.

The film and play are a co-production of urban ink and Twin Fish Theatre.  The documentary is being presented in Vancouver Saturday Oct 29 from 2-4 at The Aboriginal Friendship Centre 1607 East Hastings.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with project participants.
It's all part of the Heart of the City Festival.

You can hear more about the documentary project Saturday morning after the 7:30 news.

Raeanne Elkins

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