TESTIFY – PROJECT STATEMENT: BAXTER/PINDER
“Our laws come from the power in the landscape. The power is so strong, it had to go somewhere.” Filmmaker Jade Baxter travelled back and forth on the Lytton ferry across the Fraser River, listening to Nlaka’pamux people, learning about the source of Indigenous laws. In this project she was partnered with novelist/lawyer Leslie Hall-Pinder who writes an account of three First Nations actions, compelled by their Indigenous laws, to protect the river and the fishery by standing in the way of the trains.
Jade is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from Skuppah, She is an artist whose focus is with documentary films and Nlaka’pamux content, she is currently completing her fourth year at Simon Fraser University.
Leslie is an author who has married her fiction with her legal knowledge, producing novels that are centered in her characters’ difficult and corrupting struggle with the truth as defined by the law. She is a founding partner of the law firm Mandell Pinder, and has written numerous books and other works including: Under the House; On Double Tracks; Bring me one of everything; The Carriers of No