Ancestral Rivers

Ancestral Rivers (film) -
The Indigenous Youth River Guide Training (IYRGT) program aims to remove barriers and create opportunities for youth to learn land-based skills such as flat-water and whitewater canoeing, wilderness medicine and whitewater rescue training in order to become wilderness guides. The goal is to improve self-esteem, leadership, self-determination and expose youth to potential career opportunities all while centering Indigenous languages and knowledge. This is the first IYRGT cohorts story

  • Taylor Smith
  • Taylor Smith
  • Bobbi Rose Koe
    Key Cast
    "lead guide and organizer "
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    travel, adventure, indigenous, land, story, nonfiction, action, triller
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2023
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Director Biography - Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith (he/him)
Owner of Arrowsmith Productions

Taylor is a Metis filmmaker from the Alberni-Clayoquot region of Vancouver Island. He has been filming in the outdoor industry since 2014 where his work can be seen on major networks such as Outdoor Channel and Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN). In 2018 he was hired as the Director of Photography (DOP) for APTN’s documentary series, ‘Yukon Harvest’. The show was a hit and for the 2nd season he was given dual duties as Director and DOP. Taylor continues to make short Indigenous documentaries through his company, Arrowsmith Productions which he launched in 2016. He has a passion to share stories of inspiring Indigenous leaders and change-makers. Cultural preservation and youth empowerment have proudly become the two pillars of Arrowsmith Productions.

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