“Anyone who can throw a tomahawk and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.”
– Bill McKibben, 350.org founder, of Caleb Behn
Meet Caleb Behn, a young Dene man from the wilds of northeastern British Columbia “where the mountains meet the plains” and the subject of an exciting documentary/transmedia project calledFractured Land.
An eloquent, inspiring First Nations law student, Caleb is on the front lines of some of the world’s biggest hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) operations, amid exquisite boreal wilderness.
We – filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis – have been following Caleb for the past two years, helping tell his story of a land and worldview under attack. And now we’re reaching out to our networks to raise funds to complete the film, while building a coalition to support the work of Caleb and others around Western Canada.
Our journey has taken us to places of largely unseen beauty – from Caleb’s traditional territories, where he’s fished and hunted moose his whole life, to Maori lands in New Zealand, where he sought to learn how Indigenous law could be blended with the current legal system in order toprotect our sacred ecosystems.
Now back in Canada, Caleb’s making a lot of noise – touring BC to speak about his experiences and concerns, and applying his legal education toward building bridges across divided communities.
Alongside his Nation, Caleb is part of a new dialogue on sustainable, equitable energy development in Canada.