In 2017 Lower Kootenay Band began planning the restoration of a number of wetland impoundments created in the late 1960’s to mid 1980’s. Due to the amount of information surrounding the project, a way to introduce the restoration work and cover the basics of why became harder to convey. This short film was created to help cover the main aspects of why this type of work is needed and to show the importance of involving indigenous people along with the knowledge and skills they have. Its hoped that this film can also be a primer to spark discussion on many topics from beginning to learn life cycles to more in depth goals and details learned throughout the project so far.
The Lower Kootenay Band’s Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands Restoration project and The Wetlands documentary was supported through the Healthy Watersheds Initiative (HWI). The HWI is a $27-million program, supported by the Province of BC, to stimulate British Columbia’s economic recovery through investments in watershed conservation and restoration. The Real Estate Foundation of BC administered funding for this program and worked with Watersheds BC to support the successful implementation of more than 60 watershed security projects in communities across the province.