Ctsenmew'sctem re Stsmemelt (Showing the way for the Children)

The Esk'etemc people are standing up their culture, their governance and their children. After suffering oppressive policies and having their land pre-empted, they are now healing and declaring their rightful place as caretakers of their land.

  • Jeremy Williams
    St'at'imckalh ~ Spirit of the People
  • Charlene Belleau, Esk'etemc First Nation
    The Honour of All
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    36 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
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    digital 4K
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  • A Show For A Change Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 30, 2018
    US Premiere
    Creativity Award
  • Barcelona Planet Film Fest
    July 3, 2018
    European Premiere
    Best Feature Documentary
Director Biography - Jeremy Williams

Jeremy is an award-winning Metis filmmaker who focuses his lens on environmental and cultural conservation efforts. He has produced over 100 short documentary films on environmental, cultural, and social issues. He works predominantly with indigenous communities in BC as a mentor and producer to bring visionary stories of resiliency to the public eye. His work has been broadcast on CNN, CBC, APTN, Vision TV, and Free Speech TV, as well as screened in film festivals around the world.

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Director Statement

'Ctsenmew'scdem re stsmemelt' is the expression of a remote Secwepemc community who is stepping back into their power, reclaiming their heritage and culture, telling the world who they are what their rightful place is. I hope this film will act as an inspiration to others, as a catalyst for change.

I spent 4 weeks filming in Esk'etemc territory to capture the way of life and beauty of the land and worked collaboratively with the community over 1 year to produce this film. Enjoy!