Honour of All – Part 1 – Feature Presentation

In the early 1940s, the people of Alkali Lake began receiving alcohol from the trading posts for their furs, rather than food or clothing. Alcoholism rapidly spread throughout the reserve until every man, woman, and child was drinking.

Andy Chelsea and his wife Phyllis Chelsea played their own roles in the film as they sought sobriety and courageously stood their ground against the persuasion of friends and family.

In 1971, Phyllis made the first move. She made the decision to quit drinking and less than a week later, so did her husband Andy. Andy soon became chief and together they made gradual changes.

For the first two years, they were leading a lonely lifestyle, but persevered. Among other strategies, they introduced voucher systems instead of cheques so the children of Alkali Lake would have food and clothes. They put a stop to all bootlegging and raised money to send people to treatment centres. One by one, people joined them, and 14 years later they went from 100% alcoholic to 95% sober.

While the “The Honour of All” dramatically portrays the painfully slow road back to sobriety, it gives hope and inspiration to Native people and all people affected by alcoholism. We see the importance of community support, love and forgiveness and how individual lives can be reclaimed.

Part 2 – People of the Alkali Lake

The Alkali Lake Indian Band’s (Esk’etemc) success in reforming their community inspired this program. Their goal is to be resourceful as well as an example to other reserves and communities around the world. Various members of the community discuss the past, present, and future of Alkali Lake. They have put many efforts into restoring Indian culture and tradition. Successful projects such as logging, agriculture, construction, have all nourished this once devastated area. People now hold steady jobs that allow them to see the concrete differences they are making in their own life, and in the lives of others.

Part 3 – Sharing Innovations That Work

Twenty years after Phyllis and Andy took a stand against alcohol, Alkali Lake hosted a national conference. More than 1200 representatives from reserves across North America came to Alkali Lake to learn how to develop an alcohol and drug free community. See the highlights of this successful gathering as all reserves unite to share their stories and to practice the cultures and traditions of their heritage.

Honour of All DVDs (off-reserve purchase-via Pay Pal) or The Alkali Lake Hand Drummers CD

Honour of All - DVD Set

The DVD set, 2 DVDs with all three parts. Part 1 – The Feature Presentation, Part 2 – People of the Alkali Lake, and Part 3 – Sharing Innovations that work

Honour of All - Feature Presentation

1 DVD with The Honour of All

Alkali Lake Hand Drummers CD

Songs of the Esketemc from the Secwepemc Nation

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Honour of All DVDs (on-reserve purchase)

The Honour of All DVDs are also available at the Band Office!

Andy Chelsea


The DVD set, 2 DVDs with all three parts.

  • Part 1 – The Feature Presentation
  • Part 2 – People of the Alkali Lake
  • Part 3 – Sharing Innovations that work
Freddie Johnson


Honour of All – Feature Presentation

  • Part 1 only!
Alkali Lake Hand Drummers CD Cover


Songs of the Esketemc from the Secwepemc Nation

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