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Special Screening: Before They Fall

February 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

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Film screening, Q&A, panel discussion and popcorn!

Acclaimed film documentary about old growth forests in BC, winner of many film festivals around the world – showing in Peachland!

Please register here, as space is limited. If you are registered you can also receive a viewing link to watch the film on-line.



When you register for the virtual screening, you will receive an email with the link to view the film during the screening period of Feb 24th-28th. The film is 40 min long and includes a 10 min recorded discussion from Feb 8th, 2023 at a Victoria, BC screening with Torrance Coste (Wilderness Committee); Rande Cook and Mark Worthing (Awi’nakola Foundation).

When you register to attend the in-person event, your confirmation email will include all the details to attend the screening of the film, followed by the panel discussion, with refreshments!


Thursday Feb 23rd, 2023

7pm-8pm introductions, watch 40 min film and 10 min recorded discussion from Torrance Coste (Wilderness Committee); Rande Cook and Mark Worthing (Awi’nakola Foundation)

10 min break

8pm-9pm LIVE discussion and Q&A with Cori Derickson, Dave Gill, Genevieve Daniel; moderated by Taryn Skalbania


Cori Derickson, Syilx Environmentalist, Artist, Westbank First Nation

Cori holds a Masters of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary), and is both an Artist and Holistic Practitioner who lives in Syilx Territory, British Columbia. She is of Okanagan/Colville/Arrow Lakes, Nez Perce, Hawaiian and Irish descent. She is also a proud mother and grandmother with one great grand nephew.

A multi-interdisciplinary artist with international experience, Cori traveled to Peru, France and the midwest USA to share her artistic practice. She is one of the only few female Eagle Dancer’s in the world. Her artistic practice includes dance, sculpture, painting, photography, music, song, writing, animation and production of multi-media works.

“In 2010 I lost my dear son, Makwala, to a bullriding accident. It was the worst thing imaginable to endure. I turned to the arts as a tool to heal my life. Through art and ceremony I connected to the spirit world to create beauty in artistic ways to share with the world. The practice is comparable to the spitzen (a sacred thread), which connects the physical world to the spiritual world. It is there that I feel comfort close to my Sunshine and the ancestors while continuing my walk here.”

Cori continues the work of her family through her academics and art including that of her Great Great Grandmother – Mourning Dove – Hemishmish (the first Native American published author). Cori’s graduate work includes the research of the traditional performance concepts of theatre based upon the captikwl, published by Mourning Dove in “Coyote Stories” in 1933.

Dave Gill, General Manager of Forestry, Ntityx Resources, Westbank First Nation

Dave Gill has been the General Manager of Ntityix Resources LP since fall 2013. NRLP is a natural resource company owned by Westbank First Nation via the Ntityix Development group located in the central Okanagan Valley. He and his team coordinate the planning, operations, silviculture, community and stakeholder engagement on the forestry tenures held by Westbank First Nation. Dave is a director on the BC Community Forest Association and the Silver Lake Forest Education Society where public education and stakeholder engagement are strong guiding principles for both organizations. Since graduating from UBC Forestry, Dave has worked for industry, his own consultancy, government, and First Nations in various locations across British Columbia. For the past 20 years, he and his family have called Kelowna home. Today Dave’s primary interest is in working with the Westbank Community in developing ways to incorporate Indigenous values into forest management, to earn the support of, and opportunities for, the community he works for, and to build resiliency, health and future opportunities in the forests he works in.

Genevieve Daniel, Coordinator, Old Growth Okanagan, Kelowna BC https://www.facebook.com/oldgrowthokanagan/


Taryn Skalbania, Outreach, Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance, Peachland BC

Taryn Skalbania is an animal lover, farmer, grandma and activist. She is one of the co-founders and a Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance director and active member. She also holds similar roles in the BC Coalition for Forestry Reform. With a wealth of knowledge about both the social history of Peachland’s watershed, and its biophysical story, she understands the complexities of ongoing impacts in a multi-use community watershed locally and across BC.

But the workings of the watershed are a small part of the knowledge-base needed to affect change. To make things happen requires people. Taryn networks tirelessly and her contacts extend across the province, with her strong connections from Victoria to the Kootenays, including Indigenous groups, other watershed alliances, and big NGOs.

Taryn is the PWPA representative on the District’s Healthy Watershed Committee, and was instrumental in its launch several years ago. She has also been invited to represent PWPA at the Districts Watershed Technical Advisory Committee, and is the only community representative to be asked to join.

Taryn is originally from Musqueam and Squamish territories (Vancouver) but made Syilx Okanagan peoples unceded lands (Peachland) her home over 30 years ago, where she owns an organic farm.


Thanks to the Peachland Ambassador Society for serving complimentary refreshments

Donations to fund Northern Pygmy Owl Habitat Research and Restoration can be made through the Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance:

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February 23, 2023
7:00 pm
by Donation


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5672 Beach Ave
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