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The Klabona Keepers is an intimate portrait of the dynamic Indigenous community that succeeded in protecting the remote Sacred Headwaters, known as the Klabona, in northwest British Columbia from industrial activities. 

Synopsis

The Klabona Keepers is an intimate portrait of the dynamic Indigenous community that succeeded in protecting the remote Sacred Headwaters, known as the Klabona, in northwest British Columbia from industrial activities. Spanning 15 years of matriarch-led resistance, the film follows a small group of determined elders in the village of Iskut as they heal from the wounds of colonization to push back against law enforcement, the government, and some of the world’s largest multinational companies.   Nestled between scenes of stand-offs and blockades, land defenders reflect on how their history of forced displacement, residential schools, and trauma strengthened their resolve to protect the very land that was so essential to their healing journey. 

Credits

Tamo Campos

Director

Tamo Campos is a filmmaker, impact producer, community organizer and extreme sports athlete. His films include The Klabona Keepers (2022), Ru-Tsu(2020), The Radicals (2018), A Last Stand For Lelu (2016), Northern Grease (2013) & over fifty shorts. Tamo embeds himself in the community wherever he goes, and is dedicated to combining social impact with his adventures in sport, activism, and filmmaking. His previous projects have had a strong outreach focus that collaborated deeply with participants within his films.  His work has focused on Indigenous land defence, Indigenous health models, climate justice and anti-racism. He is also the co-founder of the nonprofit collective Beyond Boarding, a board member of Rediscovery International, and is currently working on a Masters with York University with a focus on Canadian Impact Producing. Campos is also currently an Impact Fellow for StoryMoneyImpact, a Canadian organisation growing the field of Impact Producing.

Rhoda Quock

Producer

My name is Rhoda Quok. I’m from the Wolf Clan.  My parents are Jenny Quock and Robert Quock.  I live in Iskut, in Tahltan Territory.  I was born on April 29, 1971 in Terrace, B.C. and was raised in Iskut.  I’m the youngest of six siblings. We were taught to go out on the land to camp every summer.  My husband is Peter Jakesta.  We have four kids and two grandsons. I’m a spokesperson and organizer for the Klabona Keepers. I am also the producer of The Klabona Keepers Film (2022). 

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