STAND takes students on a journey through the waters of British Columbia’s west coast into the heart of the largest temperate rainforest on the planet—the Great Bear Rainforest. Under threat by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route is a coastline of immense beauty, pristine ecosystems, and a way of life rich in culture and history. Recognized as some of the most dangerous navigable waters in the world, an oil spill in this region would devastate an entire marine and terrestrial ecosystem and directly affect the livelihoods of the communities that live in the Great Bear.
Through the efforts of expedition standup paddler Norm Hann, the powerful surfing of iconic west coast native Raph Bruhwiler, and an aboriginal high school class building their own standup paddleboards as a constructive form of protest, STAND showcases the diversity of people, landscapes and wildlife that would be affected by an oil spill while encouraging audiences to get outside and connect with the natural world in their own way. Propelled by the pull of a good ol’ fashioned adventure story, STAND drills down to the core of the issue and unfurls the soul of B.C.’s west coast, one paddle stroke at a time.
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