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Gala dinner chez BC Wildlife folk

Oh, such food! Tonight I sat between Carl and Dale Vidulich, Region 2 (Lower Mainland) President, who contributed 50 snow geese for the meal, which was turned into "Confit goose parpadelle with crimini mushrooms&rosemary cream." Oh my...

Other notable deliciousness included: slow roasted white tailed deer with a coffee demo-glaze, roast moose with green peppercorn sauce, wild game ham board with bear and cougar... It was groaningly good. I had second helpings and thankfully no room for dessert, because there was no sign those pre-packaged brownies had been anywhere near the wild...

More to come but for now I'm still stuck on the amazing meal.

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BCWF Convention snippets

I'm back on the ferry headed to Richmond for the last day of the BC Wildlife Federation convention. Ferry travel is what you do when living on a small island. I was able to be there for the opening on Weds night and Thursday but had to leave return to work (my favourite pub in the world, Surf Lodge Pub on Gabriola island!!) Even filmmakers - or especially filmmakers - have to pull in the cash for their daily living...

So, playing catchup with emails, one photo I didn't get to post Thursday was of Keith Beasley, keynote speaker who opened the convention. He's one of three hosts of Canada's most-watched hunting show Canada in the Rough.

Keith Beasley addresses the BCWF members at the opening of 2013 Convention. 

Keith Beasley addresses the BCWF members at the opening of 2013 Convention. 

Keith is a super nice, approachable guy. Father of 4 trying to make a living from his passion, which I completely respect. We had a great conversation about the state of television and funding and how difficult it is to get good shows on the air. He shared openly about how hard it was for them when Global pulled their show from their network last year, leaving them with a massive problem of having inventory with nowhere to air it. I think I can relate. Having spent $1,000s in production for my film Trapper of Peace River (and two other features) with no broadcaster attached because of the miserable state of documentary funding, it's a very tough position to be in. You either plow ahead and hope for a break, or throw in the towel at some point. At least I don't have 4 children to support. 

The Beasley Brothers pulled out of it though, and this year managed to expand their show to Quebec's RDI network and abroad to Russia and Finland. Sometimes a roadblock provides opportunity, if you don't let it stop you. Keith encouraged all at the convention to keep following their passions and to be proud of their traditions, to refuse to hide the fact that they are hunters, conservationists, anglers and outdoor lovers, and that their voices are needed in promoting and practicing what makes Canada great: our wild spaces and beautiful, rugged landscapes. Many of those present seem perfectly adept at making their voices heard, since at least 5 people I talked to after his speech told me they cancelled their subscription to Global after Canada in the Rough was pulled, out of total disgust!

I have no fears that the future of wildlife, conservation, the habitat and the species who depend on our participation for survival, are in good hands with a determined group of advocates such as the BC Wildlife Federation. 

Keep up the good work people, Canada is depending on you to be a voice for the voiceless. 

- Tobi

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And.... Action!

Hello and Welcome,

We are launching our campaign to gather supporters for the documentary this month, starting at the B.C. Trappers Association Convention in Fort St. John April 19-21, followed by the B.C. Wildlife Federation Convention April 24-27 in Richmond, B.C. Tobi is blogging at the BCWF convention, so check back here for interesting tidbits, or follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #BCWFAGM.

The biggest thing you can do to help this film gain traction is by signing up below or on our story homepage for email updates. The bigger the community who wants to see this film made, the stronger the case we can make to broadcasters for putting it on the air. So please spread the word about this film to everyone you know who is interested in wildlife, habitat, conservation or the future of Canadian energy - or trapping, angling and hunting! - and invite them to sign up for story updates. Much appreciated. 

Tobi Elliott, Producer/Director

Your support is vital to the making of this film. Join the community to get updates on the progress of Trapper of Peace River. Thank you!

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