The Film: The Road Forward
The Cause: Lu’ma Native Housing Society
Lu’ma Native Housing Society was incorporated in 1980 and is guided by a volunteer board of directors. The Society was initially incorporated to provide affordable housing to Aboriginal families and individuals with low to moderate income. The Society currently owns and operates an affordable housing portfolio of just under 500 units of housing. Though their primary focus is to build, own and operate affordable housing, they have evolved as a Society and now provide a broad range of services that improve social determinants of health such as: Lu’ma Medical Centre; the Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge; Community Voice Mail; the Aboriginal Children’s Village; and Aboriginal Youth Mentorship & Housing Program.
In response to the challenge of finding solutions to critical Aboriginal concerns, the Society partnered with the Federal government and the broader community and became the First Aboriginal community entity responsible for funding Aboriginal projects that provide front-line homelessness services to the Aboriginal community. The Aboriginal Patients’ Lodge is a shining example of a best practice in Canada that highlights not only the needs of health and wellness for Aboriginal communities, but demonstrates the capacity of the Aboriginal community when governments allow the community to create its own solutions to critical problems.http://lnhs.ca
The Film: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change
The Cause: Ecojustice
Ecojustice uses the law to protect nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment for all. It is Canada’s largest environmental law charity.
Ecojustice’s origins lie in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. While environmentalists in the United States were already successfully using the courts to force governments and corporations to protect the environment, environmental law was still a novel concept here at home. Canada needed an independent organization that could go to court to stand up for people and the planet. With that in mind, Ecojustice opened its doors in Vancouver in 1990.
Since then, Ecojustice has worked with community groups and individuals across Canada to build the case for a better earth. Together, Ecojustice and their clients have won precedent-setting legal victories that have saved old-growth forests, protected communities from harmful pesticides, and shut the door on bad projects that put climate and the environment at risk.http://www.ecojustice.ca/
The Film: Gringos in the Garbage
The Cause: Reel Causes and The Global Solidarity Group
Reel Causes Society pairs award winning, cutting edge independent films with community organizations and other non-profit, social justice organizations for events that engage, inspire and create positive change through cinema and dialogue. We begin 2017 with our annual general meeting and welcome new members to join us before the screening to learn more about our achievements in 2016, and our plans for the year ahead. Meet our newest board members and learn more about the organizations and the causes that we have supported over the years. Donations made at the AGM screening of Gringos in the Garbage will be donated to The Global Solidarity Group, the non-profit organization which was formed as a vehicle to direct money to the community (El Limonnal) featured in the film.
Following the AGM we’ll watch the film Gringos in the Garbage and have a post-film discussion with the Kamloops filmmaker, moderated by Tracey Friesen (Story Money Impact), and hear first-hand how he helped create change through the power of film.http://www.globalsolidaritygroup.org/
The Film: Last Men Standing
The Cause: Positive Living Society of BC
The Positive Living Society of British Columbia was originally founded in 1986 to provide a forum for people living with HIV/AIDS to advocate for their rights and their health issues. Until March 2011, Positive Living BC was known as the BC Persons With AIDS Society (BCPWA) and throughout its mandate, it has existed to enable persons living with AIDS and HIV disease to empower themselves through mutual support and collective action.
Positive Living BC provides a comprehensive suite of programs and services, including: prison outreach, healing retreats, treatment counselling, help accessing financial, health-related and other types of assistance and more. With more than 5,700 HIV-positive members and a Board of Directors composed entirely of HIV-positive members (unique among major agencies in Canada), Positive Living BC and its members have a lot to say.
On World AIDS Day (December 1st), Positive Living BC and Reel Causes will screen Last Men Standing and afterwards have a discussion about the complexity of life after the epidemic, including participants featured in the film and local long term HIV and AIDS survivors.
The Film: Messages To Younger Selves, Victory Square, Regalia and other shorts.
The Cause: Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth
Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society is a non-profit charitable organization founded by the late Bill Vince, an Oscar-nominated Vancouver filmmaker and advocate for youth at risk. Their program offers a digital media and life skills workshop and work experience opportunity to youth facing multiple barriers to employment. Through the unique and familiar medium of art and digital filmmaking as well as involvement in group-based projects, Intersections participants gain the experience and confidence for long-term attachment to the workforce. Bill’s life is our ongoing inspiration and our programming is his legacy. Bill believed in the potential of youth and the power of helping others help themselves. There are many ways in which you or your organization can become involved with helping Intersections, including equipment or funding donations, and work experience placements. For more information, please click the LINK.
Reel Causes is pleased to highlight Intersections Media and their work in association with the Heart of the city Festival, which runs from October 26 to November 6, 2016 and features over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside. This year, to recognize the abundance of talent, wisdom and power of our home community, the theme of the festival is ‘Living on Shared Territory’. As we face the challenges and opportunities of the coming years, we are inspired by the neighbourhood’s indigenous stories and feel proud of the art forms, artists, values, heritage and exciting community-engaged art generated in Vancouver’s founding community.