Squamish Nation leader spearheads documentary series on Indigenous knowledge

 By Mina Kerr-Lazenby  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter S?wx?wu7mesh ?xwumixw (Squamish Nation) hereditary Chief Gilbert `Gibby’ Jacob is on a quest to preserve Indigenous knowledge. Alongside Juno Award-winning filmmaker Andy Keen, the Indigenous leader is in the midst of putting together Back to the Fire, a six-part documentary series that follows Indigenous leaders and community members as they discuss their most valuable lessons and personal stories on life, language and culture. The program’s impetus is to reclaim and preserve the ancient wisdom lost as a result of colonialism, so Indigenous youth who have since been denied the opportunity to learn from their Elders have a permanent recording to refer to, said Keen. It also provides a vital educational tool for non-Indigenous communities, with some schools already aware of the documentary and…

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