The Khutzeymateen Provincial Park [a.k.a. Khutzeymateen/K’tsim-a-deen Grizzly Sanctuary] was established as the first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears and their habitat. It also represents the first undisturbed estuary of its size to be protected along the north coast of BC. The topography of this land and marine sanctuary is diverse, with rugged peaks towering to 2100 metres above a valley of wetlands, old growth temperate rainforests and a large estuary. An abundance of wildlife shares the area.
The ultimate purpose of this area is to protect the north coast grizzly bear by preserving a part of the ecosystem in which they live.
This was my first film project that i did after graduating from the Documentary Film Studies program at Capilano University Film Centre. It was done in partnership with BC Parks, The Tsimshian First Nations, Capilano University Film Centre and KM Documentary Films. The team was made up of Capilano graduates, Derrick Daniels from the Documentary program, Sam Ellis from the Cinematography program and myself. All of the skills that we learned at University were put to use in the making of this film, it was a steep learning curve for everyone. We had more than one "pinch me" moment as we were surrounded by Grizzly bears in this pristine wilderness and reflected on how lucky we were to have the opportunity to do what we love, make films.
For more information about the Khutzeymateen check out the BC Parks website: env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/khutzeymateen/
For more information about the Capilano University Film Centre, check out their website:capilanou.ca/smpa/
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