Olivia Mater, Mikayla Wujec | 2022 | 11 min.
2023 Official Selection
In the summer of 2019, ten young Indigenous and non-Indigenous women set out on a five-day, science-focused canoe journey in the Poisson Blanc Resérvoir in Quebec, Canada, within traditional, unceded Anishnaabeg territory. Guided by an all-female team of water scientists, educators and Indigenous knowledge holders as their mentors, the young women encounter a journey of connection to themselves, each other and water. Led by the voices of the youth, the film follows the journey of what they discover in the riparian zone: between land and lake, Western Science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing, young women and water. Their reflections become teachings about care, connection, awe, and reciprocal relationships to the land, water, and one another. The participants were brought together by Riparia, a registered Canadian charity created to inspire the next generation of water protectors.