Friends of Morice-Bulkley

CANCELLED - The Whale and the Raven Film Screening - March 14, 2020

March 4, 2020

CANCELLED - Due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus at public events we are cancelling tomorrow night’s showing of The Whale and the Raven.  Roy Henry Vickers and the Friends of Morice-Bulkley steering committee definitely want to screen the film in Smithers at a later date and will keep you posted when it is rescheduled.



You are invited to a screening of "The Whale and the Raven” on Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 pm in the Old Church.  Roy Henry Vickers will be there to introduce the film.  Attendance is by donation.

The National Film Board description of the film -

On the otherwise uninhabited Gil Island, just off the northwest coast of British Columbia, the sound of waves lapping and ravens cawing is punctuated by the haunting whale calls emanating from a network of loudspeakers. Drawn to the rich food sources and quiet waters, humpback whales, pods of orca, fin whales, and porpoises eat, play, and raise their young here, in the Kitimat fjord system.

Whale researchers Hermann Meuter and Janie Wray founded the Cetacea Lab on Gil Island to study this unique marine environment. But the imminent construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting plant in the nearby community of Kitimat, BC, promises to bring increasing tanker traffic and noise, with unknown consequences.

Director Mirjam Leuze’s The Whale and the Raven illuminates the many issues that have drawn scientists, the Gitga’at First Nation, and the Government of British Columbia into a complex conflict. As the people in the Great Bear Rainforest struggle to protect their territory against the pressure and promise of the gas industry, caught in between are the countless beings that call this place home.