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Film Screening: Finding Our Way (2010, 90 minutes) – Reception With Food and Drink to Follow

Prof. Sandercock will be here to introduce the film and to answer questions. There will also be a reception following the screening with food and beverages. Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Gould 322.

Please join us for a film screening with filmmaker and Professor Leonie Sandercock.  Relevant to multiple disciplines across the arts and social sciences, ‘Finding Our Way’ is a story of a people dispossessed, deep historic wounds, and still unresolved conflict between Indigenous people, governments in Canada and industry. It is compilation of three mini-documentaries that chronicle the 21st-century struggles of two First Nations in the Carrier territory of north central British Columbia, Canada, for land and sovereignty, for healing and revitalization. After almost a century of apartheid in this region, the film asks: Is there a way forward?

Leonie Sandercock is a professor in the School of Community & Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia where she works with First Nations to use the medium of film as a catalyst for dialogue on the possibilities of healing, reconciliation, and partnership. She uses the documentary ‘Finding Our Way’ as a catalyst for dialogues in BC communities: “Since 2005, in collaboration with Dr. Giovanni Attili (University of Rome), I have been exploring the uses of film in social change and therapeutic planning practice, and as a catalyst for Indigenous community development. I’m interested in ways in which the making of and engaging with film in carefully designed community settings may open up a space for difficult conversations about past and ongoing conflicts and injustices and offer the potential for healing and for moving forward into sustainable community planning partnerships.”

Prof. Sandercock will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 – 2018 Annual Symposium for the Interdisciplinary PhD in Urban Planning Program (“Urban growth challenges and social justice:  learning from the past and looking to the future”) on Friday, May 4. For more information on the symposium, please contact For more information on the film, see: