Film " The New Breed" - Banff to Montreal Canoe Journey

I wold like to thank all those who have donated to the "New Breed" (NB) film project or the climbing tools series. All donations go towards increasing productions values. The film realistically will run a whopping $350,000.00 CND. Your involvement means more to me then words can say. I don't take your trust lightly and promise to produce something that you will be proud to have been a part of. A donation of $50 or more gets you a copy of the film. 

Objectives

Title: The Last Metis;  The goal is to make a feature length 95 minute documentary educating Canadians on the contributions made by one of Canada’s distinct native peoples the Metis.         

In doing so we examine the diversity and struggles placed upon Metis youth in a ever changing world. 

One Metis father takes a solo canoe journey via the lower fur trade route from his home in Banff, Alberta to the trade routes terminus in Montreal where his grandfather embarked to join the fur trade 5 generations previous. 

The film is interlaced with interviews from Metis youth and political representatives defining the present and questioning the direction of the cultures future. 

While struggling with his own place in modern Metis society/culture our solo adventurer worries about his children's future and identity. Distanced from their traditional homeland and extended family he questions their acceptance into Metis society and their ability to self identify as Metis 

The journey reflects upon the land and the people who invested their blood, sweat and tears into the place they called home over a hundred years before Canada became a country. 

      The journey crosses many of important Metis historical locations and former Hudson Bay Posts. The film is portrayed through a journey of self discovery bring to life the incredible beauty of the immense and diverse Canadian landscape. Shot in HD 1080p. From the turbulent head waters in the Rockies journeying through the meandering prairie rivers with it's maddening oxbow's and insect infestation to eventually cross the height of land into the Saint Lawrence drainage of the great lakes. We travel the French river off Lake Huron eventually joining the Ottawa river to Montreal. The audience experiences the majesty of terrain that captured the heart and soul of North America's earliest explorers.

 

 

 

Project Summary

Retrace the lower fur trade route from Banff, AB to Montreal, QC by canoe in doing so bring to life the Canadian landscape and the people who made this country possible.

 

Project Detail 

This is the final stage of a multi year project. 1/3 of the interviews are in the can from Metis raised in the urban jungles of Vancouver and Calgary to more traditional homelands like Batoche and Red River. 

   The canoe trip starts on the Bow River and eventually gets on to the Qu'Appelle River. The route on the  Qu'Appelle is rich in the history of the Metis people from the buffalo stations of the HBC to Brandon, Red River and Rainy Lake in the boundary waters district. At every bend of the river there is a story to tell and a segwey into a interview sessions with a comparative description from a Metis youth or political leader. 

       Sea 1 canoe/kayak solo vessel by Clipper The audience not only experiences first hand the trials and tribulations of someone from the modern era trying to repeat this journey but see for themselves the changes in the landscape and waterways that industry and hydro has had upon the landscape. 

      There are few if any bodies of water below the 60th parallel that can compare to the northern reaches of Lake Superior with the eastward trek there is a ever increasing encroachment of civilization till we finally get to Georgian bay on Lake Huron. We follow the French river one of the busiest recreational waterways in Ontario. The contrast from wilderness to dense civilization continues and while the message is subliminal it enhances the importance of maintaining areas or recreation for future generations who can also experience the forest and waterways. 

       The final leg of the journey is to run from North Bay to the Ottawa River passing the nations capital and finishing off on the busy Saint Lawrence seaway. The location of the first of our solo protagonists ancestors departed from some 250 years earlier to join the flourishing fur trade. 

          As with any documentary only reflection upon completion will draw any solid conclusions. However it will be a sincere attempt to exploration into the history of one of Canada's indigenous peoples and a understanding as to who they were and who they are now. What they will become only the future can tell