DFNDRS International is a multi-platform project ranging from experimental youth workshops to internet series to live action TV, film, animated features, video games, virtual reality and theatre. These are in various stages of development and all of them relate to protection of the environment – and to the art and culture of the First Nations, starting with the tribes of the Pacific Northwest in British Columbia, Canada.
The 2019 Eco-Dfndrs Camp – It’s time to make waves – was a slight departure from previous camps. This year the teens took a theme – WATER – and built their films around this topic. They also received training in all aspects of filming: camera work and editing as well as script and music writing. They were truly "hands-on" from initial idea, through scripting, planning, filming, editing and creating the sound tracks.
The 17 teens screened their environmental films to over 100 people – parents and Denman residents – at the Denman Island Community Hall on August 17th. "It exceeded my expectations," said local, Michael Rapati, who was interviewed for one of the films. "The students had such a high caliber of professionalism. I think it’s the most important camp I’ve ever seen!"
The Summer 2018 edition of Eco-Dfndrs brought together 15 youth from all over British Columbia to Denman Island, an enchanting isle in the Straight of Georgia (Indigenous name: Sla-dai-aich, part of unceded K'omoks territory). The Youth, aged 12 to 15, arrived with sleeping bags, musical instruments, mermaid tails and fresh ideas they wanted to share about the environment. Many were concerned about climate change and the presence of micro-plastics in our oceans.
In August 2017, the first DFNDRS of the Environment Action Camp took place on Denman Island. Young adults age 12–15 from various parts of B.C. joined forces for one intense week to create original material aimed to get audiences thinking about the environmental issues that matter to them. Mentored by a highly experienced team of film-makers, educators and youth environmental activists, the camp members spent a week writing, shooting and editing original short films that had their world premiere on the seventh day of the camp.
Whether it was collaborating on script ideas, jamming out musical scores or building props, the campers took on multiple roles to do whatever it took to get their messages out. That sometimes included swimming in the ocean, visiting the Saturday's Farmers Market or chilling in an old growth forest!
Preheat oven to 350 °. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chips.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 8–10 minutes (do not overbake). Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Yield: about 4 1/2 dozen
Etc (Educating Towards Change) Society is a registered charity founded in 1979. Its mandate is to facilitate the production of educational media that promotes social justice and healthy communities. Etc is the producer of the Eco Dfndrs Summer Camp and oversees the funding, staffing, legal and insurance that keeps the camp running safely.