How A People Live

Directed by Lisa Jackson / 2013 / Canada / 59 min

This powerful documentary by Lisa Jackson, tells the story of how the Canadian government forcibly re-located the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation to Port Hardy in 1964 and destroyed their homes, making it impossible to return. How A People Live follows the experiences of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw people as they create a new life with limited resources, an oppressive residential school system, and extreme hardship. The film also reveals the fortitude of this group as they build a stronger community in spite of the homesickness for their lost land. Filled with touching interviews, rare archival photographs, and Jackson’s footage of their artistic practices and theatrical dances, How A People Live is a beautiful film and valuable story.

Watch the trailer for How A People Live here

This feature documentary will be preceded by two short films also by Jackson; Savage artistically critiques the residential schools through dramatic musical means, and Suckerfish is a creatively animated short that narrates Lisa Jackson’s experience of learning about her Indigenous identity.

Producer Catrina Longmuir, Chief Treaty Negotiator Colleen Hemphill, Chief Paddy Walkus, and two Hereditary Chiefs from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation will be joining us for a post-screening discussion.


Community Partners: Laichwiltach Family Life Society, Campbell River Museum

Jackson’s films have won numerous awards; in 2004, she won the inaugural imagineNATIVE Alliance-Atlantis Mentorship Award, in 2005 the Vancouver Arts Award for Emerging Media Artist, and in 2012 the ReelWorld Festival named her a Trailblazer. She is Anishinaabe and has a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University.

These films and all of Lisa Jackson’s work in distribution are represented by



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