Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival gets real about mental health, climate, and Indigenous identity

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      The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival will host three live virtual panel discussions this year. If the panellists listed below are in any VIMFF movies, this is mentioned in parentheses.

      Mental Health in the Mountains

      (6 p.m. on February 19)

      WIRTH Hats founder Ben Miller will moderate a discussion over Zoom with rock climber and spiritual seeker Harvey Wright (Crux), bikepacker Sarah Hornby (Choosing to Live), ultrarunner Patrick Vaughan (Confessions of a Runner), and psychiatrist Dr. Colleen Froese (Crux).

      Climate Change in Cold and High Places 

      (6 p.m. on February 23)

      SFU professor of ecology David Hik will moderate a discussion on Zoom with SFU earth sciences professor Gwenn Flowers, University of Alberta Canadian Ice Core Lab director Alison Criscitiello, and Métis-Cree filmmaker, educator, and writer Gregory Coyes.

      Indigenous Identity in the Outdoors

      (6 p.m. on February 25)

      Moderated by Myia Antone and Sandy Ward of Indigenous Women Outdoors, this event will also feature, among others, Tahltan Nation member Curtis Ratray of Edziza Trails, Shíshálh (Sechelt) member Candace Campo of Talasay Tours, and photographer Micheli Oliver, who traces her ancestry back to the Piikani Blackfeet and Absentee Shawnee, as well as Italy and Ireland.