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Blockbuster Hollywood director James Cameron said that he is committed to helping indigenous peoples around the world who, like the fictitious Na’vi in his film Avatar, are “caught at the tectonic interface between the expansion of our technical civilization into the few remaining preserves of this planet.”

Several months after the release of Avatar, which quickly became the top grossing film of all time, and two days after the release of the DVD on Earth Day, Cameron was invited to speak at two events on April 24 that were associated with the Ninth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues taking place in New York City from April 19-30.


Mentor, grassroots community leader, activist, volunteer, traditional harvester (berries and traditional medicines), organic gardener, role model, Secewepemc culture and language teacher, Doctor of Education.


Champion for Community Garden
Stella Gauthier from Saulteau First Nations in Northeastern B.C. was very instrumental in keeping the new community garden planted, watered, weeded and harvested.
She spent hundreds of hours over the past summer ensuring that deer and horses were kept at bay, and that the grounds received all the TLC a new garden needs.
In addition to weekly thinning and producing fresh romaine, lettuce, spinach and Swiss Chart, by the end of the summer Stella oversaw harvesting close to 1500 pounds of potatoes, carrots, squash, rutabega, turnips, broccoli, onions, garlic, beans, peas and corn.
The gardeners decided to donate 10% of their proceeds to a huge Harvest Feast for the entire community, while the rest was preserved for future use.