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Ian Gill, a writer, filmmaker and conservationist, has spent fifteen years as head of Ecotrust Canada, one of North America’s leading conservation and community development organizations.

Ian traces his love of words to his upbringing in Australia, where his mother recited Shakespeare at every opportunity and his father produced an endless supply of bad jokes. A favorite family photo is of Ian’s mother sitting by a campfire in the Coorong, in South Australia, reading excerpts from Portnoy’s Complaint to Ian and his sister, Heather. Ian was about fourteen years old at the time.

After extensive travel and wide-ranging experiences, Ian began work at rural newspapers, specializing in agricultural economics and politics. His travels through rural Australia put him frequently in contact with aboriginal peoples, whose rights to their lands were always in contention. In the early 1980s, he moved to Vancouver where he joined the Vancouver Sun as a reporter and editor. After a brief spell studying in France, he returned to Vancouver and joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a television reporter.

At the CBC, Ian specialized in documentaries about resource development and First Nations. He was one of the few reporters to put native people regularly on television, understanding that theirs were important voices to hear in Canada. As it happens, Ian’s first serious camping expedition in Canada was in Haida Gwaii more than 25 years ago. He’s been going back ever since, drawn by unforgettable experiences exploring its lands and waters, and by the richness of the Haida’s history and cultural life.

Ian Gill has an ear for good stories, and finds them among people whose voices are often drowned out in the clamorous exchanges of contemporary society. As an Aussie, he can tend towards the jocular, which disguises a thoroughly serious and tireless commitment to social change, which is what drew him to the story of the Haida Nation in All That We Say Is Ours.

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All That We Say Is Ours

All That We Say Is Ours

Ian Gill

The riveting story of a people’s epic fight for their rights and their homeland.

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