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In conjunction with partner Rapid Media, the ACA sponsors the Environmental Film of the Year as part of the Paddling Film Festival.


2019 - TBA!



2018 - Chasing Wild: Journey Into The Sacred Headwaters

Three friends set off on a 400-kilometer bikepacking and packraft expedition through the heart of the sacred headwaters. In the wake of the devastating Mount Polley Mine disaster, the team’s goal is to understand what is at stake as new mines are developed across this remote area. They pedal through the vast boreal forest, paddle frigid whitewater, outrun a grizzly, learn about the Tahltan’s fight to protect their homeland and glimpse inside a massive open pit mine.

Film by: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, Colin Arisman, Luke Kantola 




2017 - Bear Witness

Relive the excitement of Dave and Amy Freeman's Year in the Wilderness in this stunning short film that follows their year spent in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Bear Witness shares Dave and Amy's experiences in all seasons and how the Freemans dedicated themselves to this expedition in an effort to raise awareness about the threats to the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.


Producer: Fitz Cahall | Nate Ptacek | Doug Niemela  Samantha Chadwick | Director: Nate Ptacek & Matt Van Biene

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ACA Annual Membership Meeting

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ACA Board of Directors Meeting

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