Last year, I (Cassidy) traveled to the Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, for an incredible opportunity to work with Eskasoni First Nation.
I met Ashlee Cunsolo-Willox in my last year of University at Laurentian. She came to show a documentary film, collaboratively produced with the five Inuit communities in Nunatsiavut, Labrador, about the impacts of climate change on Inuit culture, livelihoods, and wellbeing (www.lamentfortheland.ca). She was so generous to take me on for my placement and be my mentor. She has strong ties with Eskasoni First Nation on Cape Breton Island and she saw a perfect fit for me to place my Visual Communications skills I was learning in my program into practice.
In 2015 I spent the month of August on the east coast in a small port town called Sydney. It really reminded me of Sudbury, but instead of a Big Nickel there was a Giant Fiddle, and instead of lakes there was the ocean. I would travel to Eskasoni First Nation where I worked with the community to do interviews, capture footage, and piece together the story they wished to share. You can watch the 3 Part video here:
Eskasoni First Nation has faced many hardships in their community, stemming from Canada’s colonial history and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be just a small part in telling their story. From here, we continue to hold a shared responsibility in the efforts of decolonization and reconciliation