In Klemtu, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, 17-year-old Mercedes Robinson-Neasloss from the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation has grown up surrounded by ancient trees, rivers of spawning salmon, and humpback whales that feed and play within sight of her house. Her learning has been supported by a locally led youth program called SEAS (Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards) developed in partnership with Nature United. It blends science and traditional knowledge in schools and through summer internships, bringing Indigenous youth out to explore their territories, reviving culture and language, and making intergenerational connections.
This year, Mercedes will be sharing her home and culture in an IMAX film called Great Bear Rainforest, coming to screens in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. We asked her a few questions about her larger-than-life experience.
Read the whole interview here.