Two Indians Talking are acting on my behalf
I was drawn into Adam’s and Nathan’s fears about the possible outcomes of staging a roadblock, even facing death. It’s a reality I lose sight of, having only participated in safe demonstrations. This film reminded me that many protests and blockades aren’t safe for those who dare to speak up, and I feel immense gratitude to my Aboriginal neighbours who are often the first to take a stand when the environment is at risk.
Despite historical differences and whether they’re part of the alliance of Coastal First Nations, or Cree or Mohawk, these communities are connected by their shared consciousness of Mother Earth as a living organism, and they act on her behalf. I realized while watching Two Indians Talking, that they’re also acting on my behalf.
Currently in British Columbia, First Nations activists are fighting a proposed open-pit gold and copper mine that would destroy a small fishing lake near Williams Lake, and a 1,200 kilometre pipeline to carry Alberta tar sands oil to a tanker port on the coast at Kitimat (see: http://www.pacificwild.org/).
Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing Two Indians Talking to the big screen!