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Tsunami documentary blends Indigenous knowledge with ocean science

A new documentary about First Nations perspectives on earthquakes and tsunamis is premiering Tuesday night in Kyuquot and will air in other North Island communities throughout the week.

The film, “Tsunami 11th Relative,” explores First Nations history and tells stories about earthquakes and tsunamis on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

It’s being released in time for Emergency Preparedness Week May 7-13, and highlights how combining ocean science and Indigenous knowledge can help coastal communities be prepared for a disaster.

Nuchatlaht First Nation elder Archie Little shares his story in the film, describing how one of his cousins was nearly lost at sea in a big wave.

“You hear the stories about how scary it is. We need to prepare for it,” he says in the film’s trailer. “It could happen tonight. Are we ready? I don’t think so.”

The film will be shown in Campbell River Friday night at the Tidemark Theatre. Admission to a screening is free.

Schedule for Tsunami 11th Relative screenings

  • May 2: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Kyuquot School Gymnasium
  • May 3: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Oclucje Upstairs Band Office – #13 Upper Level Rd.
  • May 4: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm OR 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Zeballos Community Centre
  • May 5: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Campbell River Tidemark Theatre – 1220 Shoppers Row
  • May 6: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Tsa’xana House of Unity – 100 Ouawatin Rd.
  • May 6: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Gold River Community Hall
  • May 7: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm OR 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Tahsis Recreation Centre
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