People on the Pipeline (2014)

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Northern Gateway Pipeline Video Contest Launched!

A group of artists at The University of British Columbia Okanagan is launching a contest for people to have their say about the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Anyone in BC, across the country or anywhere in the world is invited to enter the People on the Pipeline Contest with a video (maximum 3 minutes in length) expressing their view of the proposed mega-project in northern BC. The winner of the best video will win $1000 and there are categories for teens and kids too.

“We have been watching the communication strategy around the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline with interest,” says Nancy Holmes, Associate Professor in Creative Writing.

“Enbridge’s ads are everywhere and the amount of money being spent to present one side of the debate is scary.  So we decided to give others a chance to express their points of view. A contest is a great way to get people to do this.”

Along with the launch of the contest, UBC Okanagan’s Eco Art Incubator is unveiling a gallery on the People on the Pipeline website ( ) that provides a collection of links to a variety of artworks that have been created in response to the pipeline.

The gallery on the website is an intrinsic part of the project. “We are displaying all the artworks that we can find that have addressed the Northern Gateway pipeline- gathering these grassroots’ expressions in one place,” says Denise Kenney who is one of the leads on the project. The research into the gallery was done by MFA graduate student, Emily Nilsen.

Professor Kenney also directed and starred in “We Can’t Hear You!”, a short 2-minute video, that announces the contest and that appears on the People on the Pipeline website. The video was created in collaboration with Holmes, Creative Studies staff member and videographer, Joanne Gervais, and other FCCS faculty members.

Entries to the contest do not necessarily have to have an anti-pipeline perspective. However, the researchers are inviting multiple perspectives to create an opportunity to respond outside contentious polls and political divisions.

Along with a $1000 first prize there will be a $500 people’s choice award- so people can vote for their favorite video. There is also a $250 award for best teen entry, and a $250 award for best kid’s entry.   The deadline is July 15th 2014.

This contest is organized under the auspices of The Eco Art Incubator, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded research initiative at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus.