The Peel Project
The Peel is a project bringing together film, the arts and sciences as a means of telling a story of art, adventure and Canadian identity.
The Peel highlights the landscape, culture and wildlife of the Peel River Watershed (PRW) in Yukon/Northwest territories. This watershed is one of the last undeveloped watersheds left in Canada, spanning nearly 68,000km2 of intact arctic wilderness. As of January 2014 71% was opened for economic development related to mining and oil exploration — that decision has been continuously fought.
Myself and five other artists were selected as part of a national call to artists from all disciplines. Together, two visual artists, one photographer, one sculptor, and one musician teamed up with a documentary film crew and two scientists to spend 21 days paddling the Peel River. This experience allowed me to confront on the one hand the political and ecological vulnerability of this pristine landscape, and on the other my own changing perceptions of nature and the possibility of connecting with it.
In February 2016 The Peel documentary screened for the first time and will continue to do so throughout Canada.