The Beacon Project is a three part series made in collaboration with Indigenous communities along The Great Trail and is a companion piece to the feature documentary 500 Days in the Wild — the five-year, 24,000 km ecological and reconciliation pilgrimage of filmmaker Dianne Whelan — The Beacon Project is an exploration of the beacons that guide Dianne on her journey, and the wisdom of those that live close to the land. The Beacon Project engages youth, artists, Elders and Grandmothers in a collaborative process of listening and sharing, and ask the questions, What has been lost? What do we need to know? The films emerge out of this shared reflection and dialogue, and are an honouring of signals, guides, warnings and celebrations as we continue our journey into the future.
The series is being screened on CBC. Episode two was filmed in Saskatchewan and will be aired sometime this year.