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Picturing Transformation

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Nancy Bleck, Katherine Dodds & Chief Bill Williams

The remarkable story of how a First Nations chief, an artist, and a mountaineer evolved a new form of environmental and cultural activism, and saved fifty thousand hectares of forest.

Through the words and photos of those who attended, this beautiful book pays homage to the power that people with strong vision and a common purpose can play in honouring tradition, safeguarding land, and changing policy.

Book Description

Picturing Transformation is the story of the Uts’am/Witness project, a series of camping weekends held at Sims Creek, BC, that brought together First Nations and non–First Nations people to walk, sleep, eat, make art, have conversations, and participate in ceremonies on this disputed land. Because of the actions of ten thousand people brought together by Squamish Nation hereditary chief Bill Williams, artist Nancy Bleck, and the late mountaineer John Clarke, this land—a fifty-thousand-hectare section of the Squamish First Nation now known as Wild Spirit Places—was saved from logging. Through the words and photos of those who attended, this beautiful book pays homage to the power that people with strong vision and a common purpose can play in honouring tradition, safeguarding land, and changing policy. It is a lesson in the possibilities for resolving conflict peacefully, now and in the future.

  • hardcover
  • 12 × 8.75 inches
  • 160 pages
  • 978-0-9918588-0-4
  • $39.95 CAD