Voices of the River - DVD for Schools

‘Voices of the River’ DVD donation to schools.


In 2014, every school in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district received a free DVD copy of ‘ Voices of the River’, a documentary film about the Nanaimo River watershed produced by Paul Manly and Manly Media.

The donation was made possible through a generous grant from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) and an in-kind contribution from Manly Media. ‘Voices of the River’ was screened at a VIREB luncheon and the organization was so impressed with the educational value of the film, that they wanted to share a copy with every school in District 68. The DVD package includes a teaching and activity guide developed by teachers to meet the prescribed learning outcomes for grades four, five and ten.

“Voices of the River” looks at the historic and contemporary uses and values of the Nanaimo River watershed. The film was inspired by the Nanaimo River Stewardship initiative of the Nanaimo Area Land Trust.

The river is important for a number of reasons. It is the main source of drinking water for the city of Nanaimo. It is culturally and spiritually significant to the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Comprised of over 800 square kilometers, it provides habitat to a wide range of wildlife including rare and endangered species. It has the largest estuary on Vancouver Island. It is important for the fishing, forestry and tourism industries and it provides a wide range of recreational opportunities for local residents. The Nanaimo River is the “lifeblood” of the community.

With a multitude of interviews and stunning imagery, “Voices of the River” offers an intimate and unique glimpse into the challenges facing this beautiful natural resource. The film is available to watch for free on the Manly Media website at www.manlymedia.com/films/voices-river/

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