Celebrating the launch of To The Orcas, with Love into the Ontario education system with film showing and educator workshops at the Bring IT, Together Conference from ECOO/OASBO-ICT here are a few top of mind projects we have learned about:

  1. ihub, a technological research and innovation academy located in St Catharines;  a collaboration between Brock University, Niagara College, Innovate Niagara, and the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) is hosting a Sea World/Minecraft project.
  2. Huron Perth Catholic District School Board is considering an eco-schools project with water/indigenous focus with board ECO teams between March 22 (World Water Day) and March 30 (Earth Hour).
  3. Colin Jagoe, at East Northumberland Secondary School in Brighton, Ontario hosted filmmaker Natalie Lucier on a skype call, as part of helping Grade 10 students pursue passion projects.
  4. Mark Carbone at Waterloo Region District School Board is experimenting with the multimedia education resources from the orca movie soundtrack including, music clips and orca sounds for work with First Nations students in Northern Ontario.
  5. After viewing To the Orcas, with Love,  Zoe Branigan-Pipe is working two full days with her 8th Graders in Hamilton on the topic, ‘What will you fight for?’
  6. Krista Aiello at the Peel District School Board is looking at passion projects with her self-contained gifted grade 8 class.

    Natalie recently signed an agreement with Infobase / Learn 360 so the film To The Orcas, with Love will soon be available in every school in Ontario!

How will educators in your community inspire students with the film?

Inquire about accessing a BluRay version of the film and posters by reaching out to the filmmaker at Natalie@orcamovie.ca and learn about education resources by contacting Todd@orcamovie.ca or view the film with your students at watch.orcamovie.ca

Why Make a Film?

I think part of the reason this film matters is it may inspire viewers to take time to reacquaint themselves with the wonder of living on this remarkable planet. It’s not all about saving orcas it’s about looking after what matters most in our own lives.

I was recently reading some prose by Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest authors of all time. I think his words capture my respect and appreciation for the themes Natalie explorers in this work. ~ Todd

‘The goal of the artist is not to solve a question irrefutably, but to force people to love life in all its countless, inexhaustible manifestations. If I were told I could write a novel in which I would set forth the seemingly correct attitudes towards all social questions, I would not devote even two hours of work to such a novel, but if I were told that what I write will be read in twenty years by the children of today and that they will weep and smile over it and will fall in love with life, I would devote all my life and all my strength to it.’ ~ Leo Tolstoy

Two Fall Film Festival Showings Announced

Natalie is returning to her home town of Windsor, Ontario on Monday, October 30 to premiere To The Orcas with Love in Southern Ontario on opening night of the Windsor International Film Festival.

Later this November 18th the film is showing in the North Bay film festival.  Both screenings will feature a Q and A with the director.

Our First Award

To The Orcas with Love made its world premiere in Huntsville Ontario at the Cinemuskoka Film Festival in September 2017. The film was awarded a Special Jury Award at the rooftop awards night; the first film festival award for director Natalie Lucier.

Dangers of Farmed Salmon

Our documentary sheds a light on the perils of the farmed salmon industry. We are delighted to see Sea Shepherd Conservation launch a new campaign featuring biologist Alexandra Morton, actor/activist Pamela Anderson and environmentalist David Suzuki.

Other countries have identified problems with farmed salmon and are dealing with serious crises in the farmed salmon industries …. including Norway and Scotland (where most of the farms are owned by Norwegian corporations – just like in Canada).  It’s a continually escalating arms race of chemicals against these parasites that feed on the scales and blood of farmed salmon. The parasite stalks large concentrations of farmed fish and it adapts to treatments to overcome any obstacle these companies throw at them.  At the same time, these parasites, overwhelm and kill wild salmon that pass through these areas.

Why does Canada let fishing companies from other countries, primarily Norway operate these types of farms in Canadian waters when their own country outlaws the practice?

How can it make any sense at all to have Scottish bred, Atlantic salmon being farmed in the Pacific Ocean? It’s clear there are impacts on the wild salmon that swim in these Pacific waters.

Check out Sea Shepherd’s news about the launch of Operation Virus Hunter this month.

Another link to Sea Shepherd news featuring Alexandra Morton.

and more news on how the Scottish Salman Farming industry stinks.

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Summer of Dreams

See photos from Natalie’s Flickr collection, entitled “Summer of Dreams” photos taken while at OrcaLab at Hanson Island and on the Johnstone Strait.

A Summer of Dreams