Forgotten Legacy: Spirit of Reclamation

Forgotten Legacy
1x 1hr Doc

Produced by Martin de Valk

Directed and Edited by Martin de Valk

One hundred years ago, the Fraser River gold rush opened the door for thousands of Euro-Americans seeking their fortune. For the Indigenous people of British Columbia, the overnight stampede triggered the ebb of the Native way of life forged on barter and trade.

A Forgotten Legacy explores the participation and adaptability of British Columbia's Native People as a new economy overtook the land. Although their traditional cultural practices and beliefs were denigrated, these indigenous people nevertheless brought their skills and knowledge to the emerging workforce. This is a story of the overwhelming contribution made by Native workers, labourers and entrepreneurs to a burgeoning British Columbia.