Signals from the Forest. 2005.
This 16-minute video documents the observations of a changing environment from the perspective of six First Nations individuals from four First Nations living in the northern boreal forests of Canada. These individuals represent four distinct cultures and the perspectives of men, women, Elders and youth.
Signals was created by First Nations for First Nations and helps to fill the need for educational resources that are culturally appropriate and relevant. This is especially important for the topic of climate change because First Nations living in the boreal forest are already feeling the effects of climate change and will continue to feel these effects for decades to come. Furthermore, it presented participants an opportunity to share their Indigenous knowledge with a wider audience.
A video made by First Nations for First Nations is a valuable tool; it helps to raise awareness about this far-reaching environmental issue. This video fills the need for culturally-appropriate and informative educational resources available on this topic. Furthermore, the making of this video provided participants with the opportunity to share their Indigenous knowledge with a wider audience.
Signals From the Forest provides hope that, "it's not to late - if we act now," and it provides some simple solutions that we can all do to help mitigate ways in which we all contribute to the problem. It is our sincere hope that all who view the video will feel empowered to "do their bit".