TORONTO – A new documentary called ‘Scattering of Man’ details the horrors experienced by the Tse Keh Denne Nation before and after the floods caused by the WAC Bennett Dam in BC in 1960s.
“It was a hidden story over the years and years, and there’s a lot of hidden history in this country,” filmmaker Luke Gleason said on Granthshala news channel Saturday. “We saw the history of it” [story] told through [B.C.] Hydro and others, but this is really an unknown history and our people were finally ready to tell our story. “
Gleason said that he brought the idea of the documentary to Tse Kahe De Nation and wanted to pursue the film as there were attempts by people in the past to make short films on the subject – but now “people really want to tell our story.” Were prepared. .”
Gleason stated that the leadership approved the film and that the documentary is entirely funded by the nation.
“It’s a completely independent First Nation movie,” he continued. “It took us years, but we got there.”
Tse Ke Dene and Kwadacha First Nations case filed against the province Claiming damages from the effects of construction and operation of the Bennett Dam and Williston Reservoir in 1999 and 2001, respectively, B.C.
Gleason said that dams and floods are affecting the nation even today.
“By the floods there, our people were forcibly relocated outside the nation,” he said, adding that members of the nation eventually moved back to parts of the region. “And then the government called us squatters for 20 years.”
“Our people lived very hidden from real history, so we made a deal with the government to create a modern community and reallocate reserves for us… It wasn’t until the 90s that we got a modern community, but It wasn’t until 30 years later that they really went into action and reallocated that land,” Gleason said.
Tsay Keh Dene Nation lives with “ongoing major impacts” from the exam, Gleason said, citing water reservoirs, dust storms and debris from the dam and flooding. In the lawsuits filed, the First Nations listed the effects of a community member’s displacement, including lost hunting, trapping, and fishing areas, as well as traditional gathering places and burial grounds.
Gleason said he wanted the audience to take away from it, but specifically “the strength and dignity of the Tse’s Dene people, and the spirit of perseverance,” he said. “For me, I really want people to see the beauty of our country and the spirit of our people.”
The film’s first in-person screening will take place on October 25 at the Paradise Theater in Toronto, Ont.