Esk'etemc Films


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Ctsenmewsctem re Stsmemelt

Released in 2018, "Ctsenmewsctem re Stsmemelt - Showing the Way for the Children" is a film about the historic Esk'etemc Declaration of Title & Rights of May 8, 2017.

a film by Jeremy Williams, River Voices Productions
Running time 39min 
DVD includes Special Features:
- “Yucwemintem re Tmicws re Esk’etemc”, 8min shortfilm
- “Generations of Esk’etemc” 5min youth shortfilm

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"Esk’etemc declared Title and Rights over the traditional territory of Esk’etemculucw on May 8, 2017.
This documentary film follows Esk’etemc on their path to self-determination, with compelling insights into their cultural and traditional way of life.
“Ctsenmewsctem re Stsmemelt” is the expression of a remote community stepping back into their power, as they reclaim their heritage and their land, declaring who they are and what their rightful place is.
The Esk’etemc are standing up their children, their language and their traditions, by reviving their traditional governance system.
After coming through a dark period of having their lands preempted and their traditional way of life suppressed, they are now healing and declaring their rightful place as caretakers of their land."


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The Honour of All

Filmed in 1985, 'The Honour of All - the Story of Alkali Lake" tells the impacting story of the community confronting it's struggle with alcoholism - a film well-known with a far-reaching legacy.

Running time 100min
Producer/Director/Editor: Phil Lucas 
Director of Photography/Editor: Peter von Puttkamer
Executive Producers: Charlene Belleau, Len George, 
Phil Lane Jr.
all rights reserved by Alkali Lake Indian Band (Esk'etemc) @1986

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The Honour of All - Part 1 (feature film)

This film tells the story of how the community of Esk'etemc (known in 1985 as the Alkali Lake Indian Band) overcame crippling rates of alcoholism and dysfunction, and started on a journey of community sobriety.

Esk'etemc community members played their own roles in the film, re-enacting the events of the 1970's which would shape the future of the community, and become an inspiration to countless individuals and communities facing similar struggles throughout the world.

In 1971, 7-yr old Ivy Chelsea refused to come home to her parents and their drinking. This was the powerful turning point for her mother Phyllis Chelsea, who was the first to quit.  Less than a week later, so did her husband Andy. Andy soon became chief and together with other community leaders, they made gradual changes and persevered through challenges.

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 Indigenous people and all people affected by alcoholism. We see the importance of community support, love and forgiveness and how individual lives can be reclaimed.


The Honour of All - Parts 2 and 3 (filmed in 1985, this is an additional resource, including community members sharing thoughts, approaches, what has worked, steps in community and social development, and the importance of community solidarity and support)