My First Shot is a film that explores the cultural practise of hunting in The Land Between and its relationship to the modern conservation movement. This project provides a platform for open dialogue for complex social issues, and which results in understanding and therefore conservation.
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A vibrant culture is one where people share and embrace diversity and honor varying perspectives and practises, in order to work together for stewardship and to bring about adaptive solutions- it about relationships. To explore hunting without bias and fresh eyes, we sent a young woman, Erin Carmody to be our eyes and ears. Erin lives in Toronto, grew up in California, studied botany, spent years not consuming meat at all, and has never been hunting before now. With research, expert accounts telling of the impacts of hunter’s efforts on conservation, and with local hunters and anglers leading Erin through their cultural practice, the documentary provide insight, factual accounts, and a first hand experience of hunting and hunting heritage.
Our perceptions of this practise may be swayed by the seeming abundance and availability of food in modern stores, together with the knowledge that natural habitats supporting game species are limited. However, the discussion and conclusions are not so simple or singular, and the insights and learning from direct experience and practise must be explored to understand this practise before judgement is passed.
This project would not have been possible without support from our major sponsor:
Since 1985, Wildlife Habitat Canada, a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization, has invested over $50 million supporting more than 1,000 conservation projects across Canada, through its granting program. Funds invested to support grants come from the purchase of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. The Stamp is purchased primarily by waterfowl hunters to validate their Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits. Wildlife Habitat Canada works through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations, and industry to conserve, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat. To learn more about the projects that Wildlife Habitat Canada has funded, please visit www.whc.org.
Without habitat…there is no wildlife. It’s that simple!
We have finished filming!
Now we are seeking more support to distribute and share the story with TV viewers and North America