The Peel is a multi-layered project bringing together film, the arts and sciences as a means of telling a uniquely Canadian story of art, adventure and Canadian identity. The Peel highlights the landscape, culture and wildlife of the Peel River Watershed (PRW) in Yukon/Northwest territories. This watershed is one of the last undeveloped watersheds left in Canada, spanning nearly 68,000km2 of intact arctic wilderness. As of January 2014 71% was opened for economic development related to mining and oil exploration — that decision has been continuously fought.
Calder Cheverie is a co-founder of the Vancouver Outdoor School. He is a writer, photographer and wilderness guide, and has spent nearly a decade paddling in remote areas of Canada with a focus on changing landscapes. His trips have included a solo-paddling journey through The Great Bear Rainforest, the Athabasca River through Ft. McMurray and the oil fields, as well as multiple trips through BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Calder is currently working on educational reform in BC, to increase the role nature and the environment play in provincial curriculum.Calder Cheverie – Director
Joel Luet has been a paddler, guide and canoe instructor for over 30 years and has worked across the country, from Ontario to Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C., the Northwest Territories and Yukon. As a professional outdoorsman, Joel has worked with Yellowknife Parks and Recreation, Calgary Parks and Recreation, Calgary Canoe Club, Canadian Red Cross Society, University of Calgary Outdoor Pursuits Center, the University of Alberta Dept. as a Phys. ED. instructor and the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School. Joel lives Carcross, Yukon Territory, and when not guiding, works as a carpenter and conducts home energy evaluations.Joel Luet – Lead Guide
Alecia Rush is a Registered Nurse based out of Canmore, AB. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Royal University in 2011. She has an extensive background in wilderness first aid & medicine, as well as has 6 years experience tripping for extended periods with large groups. Born and raised in Alberta, her footprints cover the back-country of the Rockies but can also be found along rivers throughout Canada from Quebec to Alberta and the Northwest TerritoriesAlecia Rush – Field Nurse
Emma Hodgson is a graduate student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. Originally from Ontario, she has a B.Sc. in Conservation Biology from the University of British Columbia and currently conducts research on the risk to marine ecosystems from climate change, in particular from ocean acidification. With a scientific eye for the impacts of human actions on natural systems and assistance from collaborator Laura Twardochleb, Emma proposes to conduct research during this journey on invertebrate communities (fresh water insects and snails) and water conditions (temperature, pH, conductivity). The goal of this research is to set up a long-term monitoring framework to document changes to the system through time.Emma Hodgson – Lead Scientist
Gaétan Cyr is originally from Magdalen Islands (Iles de la Madeleine) and has lived in Yukon for more than ten years. He graduated with a Certificate from the Cégep of Rivière-du-Loup QC in Water Management. In addition to training in Acid Rock Drainage and Metal Leaching from the Northwest Community College in Smithers BC and the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (Certified Project Manager), he worked as an environmental monitor for the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation. Gaétan enjoys Northern life and the outdoor activities it offers such as canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, and more.Gaétan Cyr – Field Assistant
Jordon Lindoff holds an Interdisciplinary Degree in Visual Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, as well as an applied Degree in Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. He has also studied Carpentry at Olds College, earning a Red Seal Journeyman certification. He is a Renaissance man of sorts, perhaps even working his way towards becoming a Polymath. A dedication to an active lifestyle keeps him busy with hiking, canoeing and camping all over Canada, as well as competing in triathlons, fencing and modern pentathlon. A passion for teaching has led to work as an ACMG Rock-Climbing Instructor as well as working as a Substitute Teacher with The Yukon Department of Education.Coast to coast and beyond many times – Jordon is always ready for adventure, and a new challenge.Jordon Lindoff – Field Production Coordinator