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Chilliwack chapter screening of ‘This Changes Everything’ to include Sto:lo Grand Chief Pennier

Suzy CoulterThe Council of Canadians Chilliwack chapter is organizing a screening of the film ‘This Changes Everything’ on Nov. 19.

The Chilliwack Progress reports, “The documentary was hot off the festival circuit when it was offered to CoC chapters across Canada for community screenings. It offers a glimmer of hope by showcasing what folks on the front lines are up to. …Inspired by [Naomi] Klein’s book, the film adaptation was directed by husband/filmmaker Avi Lewis, showcasing stories of those taking on corporate polluters at the grass roots level, and those seeking a more sustainable way of life.”

Chapter activist Suzy Coulter says, “We thought it would be a good opportunity to take advantage of this powerful tool to address a broad range of issues. For many of us, it was a wake-up call to experience the prolonged drought we saw in our region last summer. The film speaks to some of the food security challenges we might have to face in the future. The hope is that it will help start a dialogue.”

The news article adds, “The panelists for the post film discussion in Chilliwack will include: Margaret Evans, Progress columnist, Sto:lo Grand Chief Clarence Pennier of the Sto:lo Tribal Council, Fernando Selles, president of Chilliwack Field Naturalists, Carrielynn Victor, traditional plant practitioner, Tim Cooper, UFV [University of Fraser Valley] physics professor and Sardis [secondary school] student Meaghan McNary.”

Twenty-six Council of Canadians chapters are organizing screenings of the film across the country. Upcoming dates include:

Chapters have already organized screenings in Montreal (on Oct. 5, where 700 people came out to watch the film), Saskatoon (on Oct. 10) and in Duncan, BC (on Nov. 8, where 200 people watched the film).

To see a trailer for the film, please click here.

For more about the film, check it out on the web, Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Chilliwack chapter activist Suzy Coulter.