LEAVE IT ON THE WATER
12 minutes / Directed by Steve Sxwithul’txw / Penelakut First Nation
Indigenous youth from the Coast Salish territory on Vancouver Island train to represent their community in the world’s largest outrigger canoe race. Carrying on an old tradition using canoe racing as a form of healing, they enter the biggest canoe race in the world, taking them from their small community all the way to Hawaii.
About the filmmaker
Steve Sxwithul’txw is a father of three and a member of the Penelakut Tribe, raised in Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island. Having a keen focus on Indigenous storytelling, Steve left a solid career in policing and security to move into a career in journalism. Training at BCIT in Burnaby brought Steve’s focus to his own way of relaying stories, forming his own production company in 2009. Using this as a foundation, he starting working with broadcasters and found success with his award-winning series Warrior Games in 2013. He then created Tribal Police Files in 2014 which is moving into its 2nd season on APTN.