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The Witness Ceremony - Blog + Video by Julius Booth

By Julius Booth On July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Julius Booth - HCW's summer intern - has been working on the Uts'am-Witness book project.  Check out his video clip "The Witness Ceremony" below!

I’ve been asked as a summer intern at Hello Cool World to write a blog entry about the Uts’am Witness project. Here we go.

The Witness project began in 1997 back when video cameras were clunky and produced footage not fit for 1080p monitors. One of those cameras just happens to be in the editing room right now. I have been transferring hours of footage from tapes of the early Witness Ceremonies using the antique camera and a newly purchased cord that is specifically capable of plugging into the camera and a USB port.

The footage is very cool. I’ve known Kat and Nancy for a long time, seeing them much younger is an interesting experience. As a child from the 90’s there is a surprising lack of home videos in my family, so any footage from that time is a treat to see. The Witness weekends are cool to watch as well. There are songs, dancing and even drum-making lessons. The weekends remind me of a regular summer camp. I wouldn’t be surprised if they went canoeing and told ghost stories around a fire.

Before combing through the hours of footage that chronicle the Witness Project, I was editing my own little trailer/piece for the book. Despite being brand new to Final Cut Pro at the time, coupled with the computer troubles that have been haunting the Hello Cool World office for the last week, I think I did a mighty decent job. Unfortunately, the photos are a bit blurry because I had to screenshot them off a PDF of the Picturing Transformation book BUY IT NOW!!! My piece is about what a traditional witness ceremony is and how it was adapted for the Witness Project. You can watch the video here:

Look for my name in the book! JB

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Julius Booth is our Hello Cool World summer marketing intern. Every day, he bikes along the sea wall and is fed amazing lunches which make up for his lack of pay. He is heading to McGill in the fall for his first year of University.

Summer Update! Hello Cool World's Toronto HQ; Our Uts'am Witness Book heading to print!

By Katherine Dodds On June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments


We are in the midst of doing the final edits, and it is so thrilling to see our book, 'Picturing Transformation, Nexw-áyantsut' come to life and to know that it will be going to print in a matter of weeks! The book features art works and photos by Nancy Bleck from the last 15 years, i.e. before, during and after the Uts'am Witness Project took place. As I review the essay we've been working on for years now, I've been reflecting on how much this project accomplished and how life-changing it was for so many. On the very first Witness weekend in 1997, all those who made the journey to Sims Creek witnessed the Squamish Nation Assertion of Aboriginal Title document. In that first art show at the Roundhouse later that year, Nancy's 48-foot long banner piece had text from that document, and panorama images from the summer of Witness Ceremonies. the images above and below are details from that banner peice.

In our neck of the woods what had been known in 1997 as "Tree Farm License 38" and slated for complete clear-cutting, has been restored to its traditional name of Nexw-áyantsut, meaning 'Place of Transformation'. As part of the Squamish Nation Sacred Land Use Plan, it now is forever protected. 

This book is a document and a testament to the journey that got us there together.

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Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of Good Company Communications and Trained in renegade advertising & branding through her work with Adbusters in the '90s, Kat's early induction into the possibilities of the web-world was inspired by the term hypertext, which she immediately found comforting. She is dedicated to cause-related communication and to the development and use of tools that promote democratic processes.

Share Your Voice - coming soon

By Bella Sie On May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

I have just emerged from the depths of the edit suite, and am happy to announce that the SACY project Kat and I have been working on has an official name: Share Your Voice. 

Share Your Voice is a project that features the honest thoughts and opinions of real Vancouver youth on real youth issues. What challenges do today's youth face? How do youth cope with their stresses? Where can youth access info on safety, or get support? These are all questions we asked these teens from high schools across the Vancouver School District. Their voices are the stars of this project which includes a 15-minute video around SACY's 4 S's - Speak Up, Get Smart, Stay Safe, Get Support - and a series of posters. 

We are currently in the final approval stages of this project, so hang tight and you'll catch a glimpse of all the aforementioned work shortly. 

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Bella is the newest addition to Hello Cool World, enlisting for the cause at the end of 2010. A graduate of BCIT's Broadcast Communications for TV program, she's worked in all aspects of production and has a knack for new media & technology.

Pleased to announce that we are now an affilate of IdeaBOOST!

By Katherine Dodds On May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hello Cool World wants to congratulate all those companies who made it into the Spring Cohort of ideaBOOST! 

We're thrilled we have been included in the first ever IdeaBOOST affiliates program, and while hile we're sad we weren't one of the chosen six to be part of the Spring Cohort, we are still very pleased that we made it to the top of the page views, and the top three by boosts (thank you all our boosters!). Below is an abeit narcissistic screen grab of the page views rating! : ) 

But seriously, we were very thrilled to get the support of so many people, it gave us a chance to 'go public' with our intentions to fund and develop our integrated platform and it has helped us hone our pitch which is very useful. We have been calling it the 'Dream Machine, because this really is our dream. Even getting on the shortlist has been a big boost to our project. 

We also feel very fortunate that because of the buzz we generated and the strength of our proposal, the CFC and their sponsors have chosen to include us as one of the additional companies granted 'official' affiliate status for the IdeaBOOST  program, complete with networking perks and opportunities to pitch potential investors.

“Congratulations to all of the companies who entered – the quality was exceptional,” The CFC’s Chief Digital Officer Ana Serano said.  In addtion to the six chosen, Serano added: “This year’s entrants were all of such a high calibre, that we’ll also be launching ideaBOOST’s first Affiliate Program, enabling all of the companies who made it to the shortlist to participate in a select number of ideaBOOST sessions, peer-to-peer learning and strategic assessment modules.”

To see all the winning companies as well as the affliliates go to the site.

You can also see our Hello Cool World Dream Machine entry there. We're going to use this momentum and feedback to make our pitch for this grassroots platform even stronger. We will still need your help to make our "Dream Machine" come true! 

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Project Management at #STRONG2013

By David Ng On May 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

The #STRONG2013 conference is ending tomorrow, but today will be our final day being here twittering and social media-ing.

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David Ng is a Hello Cool World veteran with experience going back a decade. David first worked with us when he was just 14 years old as a participant in the youth advisory group for the sexual health education program Condomania. Now an accomplished videographer passionate about the issues of gender and power, he is currently on sabbatical in South Africa while he pursues a Masters in Gender Studies with a focus on international development.

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