Confronting the Fractures: A World Water Day Screening + UBC Researcher Panel Discussion of Fractured Land

Mar 22, 2016

The celebrated documentary Fractured Land – co-produced and co-directed by UBC alumnus Damien Gillis, BA’02 – charts the journey of Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer, as he tries to reconcile the fractures within himself and his community, balancing the need for economic progress with the sacred duty to defend his territory – a territory at the centre of some of the largest fracking operations on Earth.
The specific impacts of fracking illuminated by Fractured Land speak more broadly to some of the most critical issues around resource and water governance in Indigenous communities in B.C., and around the world:

Do issues around energy, water use, quality and governance force us to challenge the fundamental structure of our societies?
How can a dependence on natural resources extraction in B.C. be reconciled with indigenous self-determination and decolonization?
And perhaps fundamental to tackling all of these issues, how can communities, scientists, academics and industry build new models of working together that value ecological, socio-economic, cultural, and spiritual dimensions?

As part of World Water Day and UBC’s Centennial celebrations, this special screening of Fractured Land will be followed by a panel discussion featuring leading UBC researchers  who are exploring many of these issues. The discussion aims to consider how collectively we can manage and repair some of the fractures faced by Behn, Indigenous communities, and the world around us.
We invite all attendees to stay for a free catered reception and to engage in further conversations following the panel discussion.
UBC Panelists: Drs. Janette Bulkan (Faculty of Forestry), Gordon Christie (Allard School of Law), Sean Crowe (Faculty of Science) and Michelle Daigle (Faculty of Arts).
Moderator: Mark Forsythe, author and former host of CBC Radio’s Almanac
Cost: $10 per person. Annual $2 Vancity Theatre membership also required (applied at time of booking). Purchase your tickets here.
For more information about this event, please visit the website.Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver