Our beautiful Vancouver Island nestled off Canada’s Pacific West Coast, lies the capital city of British Columbia, named after Queen Victoria. But not only is the island a home to a bustling city, it is a home to beautiful towns, deeply rooted cultures, and thriving rainforests where old growth cedars tell stories of the ancestors and spirits of the land. But as of late, the lushes rainforest has become presently in danger.
“We care about it especially after seeing it with our own eyes!”
The duo team Rande and Mona, recently visited Tsitika Valley, Northern island. Travelling with their amazing film crew, they were inspired to capture the essence of Rande Cook in the making of his documentary which lead them to his traditional lands of the Ma’amtagila territory. Met with them was Mark Worthing, a climate and conservation campaigner, and two reporters ambitious to witness for themselves.
It was a beautiful journey driving up the mountain sides taking in the rolling views of ocean, forests and bear cubs playfully scampering across the logging roads. But sadly became a harsh reality as clear cut devastation stretched for what felt like an eternity with sightings of CMT’s cut down and old growth cedars tagged for logging. At the end of a logging road, Mark took the team on an adventure by foot to a beautiful spot in the rainforest. Observing cedar trees and thriving plants brought joy, until sights of multiple coloured tags were reminders this will shortly become a memory.
What is the Tree Of Life?
Traditionally Indigenous Peoples call the beautiful cedar tree the Tree Of Life. Along with all the different species of trees in the forests and rainforest the cedar tree, in particular, is known to give life in many ways. From providing a thriving rainforest for wildlife to building houses and also known traditionally as a sacred wood for masks, totem poles, canoes, and much more.
So what are we doing?
We’re building a campaign called #TreeOfLife. In hopes to create much needed awareness around the devastation of our rainforests, old growth cedars and Mother Nature herself. Although we are in the early stages, eventually we want to develop youth programs educating our next generation of the sensitivity of our earth and work with like minded non profits with common goals. This will be the information page where we want to share and build a community of support. AND we want you to be part of this change!
Our first commitment…
We are showcasing a documentary! By Rande Cook directed and produced by Spartan Media Group with co-producers Rande Cook and Mona Elliott. Also featuring Mark Worthing. We aim to launch this through many media sources, stay tuned (see sneak peak below).
Also, we are now offering t-shirts and hoodies for purchase with an original tree design by Rande Cook along with our campaign slogan #TreeOfLife. With profits from each sale of these shirts we will be donating to a project of building awareness. See under our SHOP Tab for these shirts!
Sneak Peak of the official selection of the Friday Harbor Film Fest 2019
Directed and produced by Spartan Media Group
Co-producers Rande Cook and Mona Elliott
Featuring Mark Worthing
We want to take the time to acknowledge those big hearts on this journey with us. To acknowledge the great work they are doing in helping us
Mark Worthing with Sierra Club BC - Thank you for showing great passion and hard work while being our frontline, our voice, our strength
Ria Giatsios and Lee Milliken with Spartan Media Group - Thank you for following us on this journey and showing great care and emotion in this work with these beautiful visuals