The story is a mix of history, natural history and culture that tells the story of bison from the Ice Age to the present day. The iconic image of the Great Plains of North America were a few hundred bison away from becoming extinct. Bison were entwined in the lives of the First Nation people for thousands of years, and the film explores how and why the bison were slaughtered in such great numbers during the 19th Century. We look at the conservation work being continued today at Elk Island National Park and other locations in Canada . We listen and learn from local elders of Treaty Six First Nations and Metis Nation of Alberta. We talk to academics of new studies that challenge what we thought we knew. We dare to dream and dare to ask; Could we see the return of bison roaming free on the plains and Grasslands of Canada.
This is a telling of Canada's role in the life of bison in North America.
It is hoped the documentary will be completed by the end of 2020 but COVID-19 has affected some filming schedules.
Our Project Title and Box Art Poster.
Filming will occur at the following locations.
Elk Island National Park, Alberta.
Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan.
Banff National Park, Alberta.
Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba.
Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Alberta.
Manitoba Museum - Hudson's Bay Company Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Lower Fort Garry, Saint Andrews, Manitoba.
Fort Battleford, Battleford, Saskatchewan.
Last Mountain House, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.
Battle of Seven Oaks site, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, Alberta.
Writing On Stone Provincial Park, Alberta.
Wildrose Convention / Bison Show & Sale, Camrose Regional Exhibition, Alberta.
Other locations are in the works but cannot be published at this time.
We are very fortunate to have the following persons participate in the film ( In no particular order ).
Dr. James Daschuk - Associate Professor University Of Regina and published author of Clearing The Plains Disease, Politics Of Starvation, And The Loss Of Indigenous Life.
Mr. Bill Waiser - A western Canadian historian and a publisher of over a dozen books many of which have been recognized with various awards and include. A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan before 1905
Mr. Leroy Little Bear - Blackfoot researcher, Professor, University of Lethbridge, founding member of Canada's first Native American Studies Department and recognized leader and advocate for First Nations education, rights rights, self-governance, language and culture. Was instrumental in the Bison Treaty.
Mr. Dan Fox - Advocate for the bison and Blackfoot cultural revitalization.
Mr. Wes Olson - Bison Management Specialist and retired National Parks Warden for Parks Canada
Mr. Jack Brink - Retired Curator of Archaeology, Royal Alberta Museum & published author: Imagining Head-Smashed-In.
Ms. Alwynne Beaudoin - Director Natural History, Royal Alberta Museum.
Mr. Chris Jass - Curator, Quaternary Palaentology, Royal Alberta Museum.
Professor Duane Froese - Faculty of Science, University of Alberta.
Ms. Lauren Markewicz - Interpretation Supervisor, Parks Canada & public Historian and published author: Like Distant Thunder: Canada's Bison Conservation Story.
Mr. Matthew Rothenberger - Interpretation Coordinator - Parks Canada - Lower Fort Garry
Mr. Dale Kirkland - Superintendent, Elk Island National Park, Parks Canada.
Mr. Ryan Hayes - Bison Coordinator - Grasslands National Park
Ms. Bonnie Spencer - Metis Elder - Metis Nation of Alberta
Ms. Betty Koziak
Professor George Colpitts - Department of History, University of Calgary & published author: Pemmican Empire: Food, Trade and the Last Bison Hunts in the North American Plains, 1780-1882.
Dr. Maggie Jones - Assistant Professor, Economics - University of Victoria.
Dr. Donna Feir -Assistant Professor, Economics - University of Victoria.
Mr. Karsten Heuer - Biologist, Parks Canada Park Ranger & Bison Reintroduction Project Manager, Author.
Mr. Harvey Locke - Conservationist, Writer & Photographer.
Ms. Marie-Eve (Bison Belong ) Marchand - Harvey Locke Conservation Inc, IUCN WCPA Beyond Aichi Task Force VP
Amelia Fay, Ph.D. - Curator of HBC Museum Collection, Manitoba Museum.
Mr. Terry Kremeniuk - Canadian Bison Association Executive Director.
Mr. Steven Lunty & Mrs. Michelle Lunty - Chair, Bison Producers of Alberta and Canadian Rangeland Bison & Elk Inc.
Mr. Dean Andres - Vice President Sales & Marketing - Rangeland Bison
Mr. Lawrence Lamouche - Traditional Lands Manager - Woodland Cree First Nation.
We have a number of other experts we are in discussions with and hope to announce their participation soon.