The Trapper of Peace River: A provocative and eye-opening documentary about love, loss and the quest for co-existence in British Columbia’s wild Peace Country. Compelled by a lifelong love for the land, Carl Gitscheff leaves his trapline for the boardrooms of the elite where the future of Canada’s resources is being decided – there to fight for the habitat, his livelihood, and an inheritance to leave his young daughter.
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Carl Gitscheff: trapper, farmer, father and grandfather, is above all an advocate and lover of wild spaces. Over the course of his life, Carl has been drawn back again and again to the wilderness he learned to love as a child, trapping and hunting in the footsteps of his grandfather.
But as coalmines multiply on his trapline, natural gas wells are drilled in his backyard, and oil is being pumped from the Peace River region where he lives, the animal habitat he has spent a lifetime learning, is being sorely tested.
The tug-of-war over the rich resources of British Columbia’s northeast is eroding more than the landbase: it threatens to strip traditions, a way of life – even memories – from Carl and others like him who live off the land.
Carl is a richly complex person: a passionate defender of wild spaces who believes against all odds that a balance between industry and wildlife can yet be achieved, and father who desperately wants to leave an inheritance of the love of the wild to his young daughter.
How will Carl fight for the habitat? Will he succeed in helping industry and nature co-exist? Will anyone listen to the trapper of Peace River?
Directed and Produced by Tobi Elliott, Peace River Trapper Inc.