Canadian Documentary Makers Hope to Inspire Awareness and Change

Documentary Screening

The Russ Ramsey Room at the Civic Centre was packed with an anticipated audience during Sunday afternoon’s screening of A Documentary of Canada C3.

This documentary was a signature project put together for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017. It takes viewers from coast to coast, over a 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. The expedition and its teams of Canadians, sailed over 25,000 kilometres and visited communities, national parks, marine protected areas and many other remote and extraordinary corners of the country, while also discovering and sharing stories about the people, places, wildlife, history and cultures that make up this land we call home.

Ryan Rizzo, a Sault Ste. Marie native, was the Communications Lead on this project. He told SaultOnline about the four key themes that were focused on along the expedition – Youth Engagement, Science and Environment, Truth and Reconciliation, and Diversity and Inclusion.

“Along the way we met with different Elders and different Indigenous communities that were relocated,” he explained. “We talked about reconciliation in the sense of the Sixties Scoop – how a lot of Indigenous people were taken from their homes, and we just started a dialogue on how the next 150 years can be different than they have been and how we can make Canada and its people more aware of its history and how we can change that moving forward.”

Rizzo said this project – which he originally took as “just a job” – changed his perspective for a lifetime.

“Being subjected to some of these hot topics and these challenges and being aware of them have really sparked some motivation and inspiration in me to include these communities in where we’re going,” he said.

Rizzo said he hopes this documentary will bring more awareness of the history of Canada and inspiration to make a change and make a difference.

For more information on the Canada C3 Documentary, visit their website here.