Project Team & Thankyous

First We Eat Project Team

Suzanne Crocker: Director and ‘Guinea Pig’
Michele Genest: Chef, Recipe Tester,  Northern Food Enthusiast and Consultant; Author of “Boreal Feast” and “Boreal Gourmet”
Andrew Sharp:  Animator
Cathie Archbould:  Photographer
Leigh Joseph:  Ethnobotanist and Consultant
Digital Media Team:  Dan Dowhal, Maria Sol, Gaby Sgaga
Chris Healey: Web Designer and Artist
Bev Gray:  Consultant, Boreal Herbalist, Author of “Boreal Herbal

Produced with the Participation of financial support for First We Eat provided by Telefilm Theatrical Documentary Programme supported by the HotDocs Ted Rogere Fund

GoodPitch Vancouver

David Flewelling and Gail Tunstead

In Addition, A Big Thank You To:
Jen and Loren Sadlier
Diana and Ron McCready
Peter Dunbar and Marion DeJean
Grant Dowdell and Karen Digby
Megan Waterman and Jake Duncan
Lucy and Jack Vogt
Sylvia Frisch and Lindsey Berwyn
Otto Muehlbach and Conny Handwerk
John Lenart and Kim Melton
Fran Morberg-Green
Julia Morberg
Paul Derry
Gary Hoskisson
Dylan McDougall
Aedes Scheer and Norm Carlson
David McBurney and Ren Causer
Shelby Jordon
Dave Robinson
Sebastian Jones
Becky and Paul Sadlier
Katie English
Dan and Andrea Reynolds
Louise Piché
Peter Nagano and the YTG Highways Crew
TH Working Farm School
Derek Hastings
Dexter MacRae
Jody Beaumont and the TH Heritage Department
Glenda Bolt
TH First Fish Culture Camp
Angie Joseph-Rear
Sis Vanbibber
Margaret Titus
Simon Nagano
RJ Nagano
Kyla Popadynec
Greg Bruner
Cathie Findlay-Brook
Dawne Mitchell
Heidi Bliedung
Brenda Caley
Tom McMahon
Victor Henry
Percy Henry
Elfie Lenzin and Marcus Maria Ledergerger
Driss Adrao and Claus Vogel
Bridget Amos
Dawn Kisoun and Tommy Taylor
Lou Tyacke and Gary Masters
Andrea Magee
Dina Grenon
Teresa Conkin
Kim and Mike McDougall
Gigi Bigras
Stephenie Williams and Mike Penrose
Marjorie Logue
Wendy Cairns
Sonya Aeschlimann
Debbie Nagano
Ashley Bower Bramadat
Natasha Ayoub
Rose Gassner
Natasha Morin
Tiss Clark
Alchemy Café
Klondike Kates
Shaun, chef at Westmark Dawson
Dale and Sue Bradley
Brian Phelan
Jim Leary
Dawn Dyce
Dave Hindmarsh
Michael and Kathy Gates
Bob Sharp
Betty St. Jean and Gerard St. Jean
Martin Kienzler
Doug and Jen Fraser
Nora Vanbibber
Lee Glazier
Gwen Franks
Becky Hearty
Lupine Bulmer
Frannie and Tr'inke Zho Daycare
Bob Nixon
Ed Stewart
Simone and Tom Rudge
Diana Bronson
Randy Lamb
Yukon Agriculture Branch
Jennifer Hall
Yukon Agricultural Association
Stephen Mooney
Eoin Sheridan
Arctic Institute of Community Based Research
Glenn Scott
Sharon Shorty
Lone Sorenson, Agriculture Mentor, Yellowknife, NWT
Northern Farm Training Institute, Hay River, NWT
Qayuqtuvik Society, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Les Kutny
France Benoit
Shirley Tagalik
Ray Solotki
Cindy Breitkreutz and Arno Springer
Kathy Hare
Freddy Frost
Kieran O'Donovan
Barb Secker
Alfred Von Mirbach
Nancy Turner
Mary Gamberg  


Suzanne Crocker

Suzanne Crocker, a Yukon filmmaker, switched careers from rural family physician to filmmaker in 2009. Her feature-film-directing debut was with All The Time In The World (2014), a critically-acclaimed documentary film that has won 22 awards worldwide and screened in 25 countries in every continent except Antarctica. Suzanne lives in Dawson City with her husband and three children.

Miche Genest

Yukon author and cook Michele Genest loves cooking with the wild and cultivated foods of Canada’s boreal forest. Those foods inspired her two bestselling cookbooks, The Boreal Gourmet, Adventures in Northern Cooking (2010) and The Boreal Feast, a Culinary Journey Through the North (2014). Her most recent project, Vadzaih, Cooking Caribou from Antler to Hoof, was a collaboration with community cooks from Old Crow, Yukon, the Vuntut Gwich’in Government and the Porcupine Caribou Management Board.

Leigh Joseph

Leigh Joseph is a member of the Squamish First Nation. She completed her Masters in Ethnobotany in the department of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She will be pursuing a PhD in Ethnobotany starting in September 2017. Ethnobotany is the study of the relationships between people and plants. A major part of this is study is how plants have been, and are currently utilized, medicinally and for food by different cultures. The study of Ethnobotany combines biology, Traditional Ecological Knowledge as well as approaches to creating healthy ways of living and connections to the land. Leigh has worked with her home community in Squamish to renew Ethnobotanical knowledge. She has worked with the elders, knowledge holders and youth to restore culturally important plant species and record this knowledge so that community members can utilize it into the future. She is particularly interested in the links between traditional plant use and health. Leigh has most recently worked as an Ethnobotanist with the Tahltan Nation inTelegraph Creek, British Columbia. She has also worked with Indigenous communities on Southern Vancouver Island, Kingcome Inlet and Haida Gwaii. Leigh and her husband and two children are currently living in Dawson City in the territory of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in People. > Visit Leigh's website

Bev Gray

Hailing from the Yukon, Beverley Gray is the author of the award winning and national bestselling book, The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North. She is also the author of A Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants of Canada published by Harbour Publishing (2013). In addition to her books, Beverley is well known as a boreal herbalist, aromatherapist, natural-health practitioner, journalist, and an award-winning natural health-product formulator. She owns the Aroma Borealis Herb Shop in Whitehorse, Yukon. Beverley loves to share her passion for wild medicinal and food plants through herb walks, talks and medicine making.

Cathie Archbould

Cathie Arcbould has been photographing the North for over 20 years for international newspapers and magazines, corporate and government clients. For her, each new assignments brings the same level of adventure and excitement as the first one did. Her work is a study in extremes, from environmental portraiture to industrial documentation, and everything in between — editorial, creative advertising campaigns, annual reports, aerial photography, architecture, and more. In Cathie's own words: "I love the North — its people, the land, the lifestyle. This comes out in my photography."

6 Replies to “Project Team & Thankyous”

  1. What a wo0nderful project, Suzanne. Your head is so full of ideas that one never know what you will do next. I am excited to follow along with you on your years journey. This is so interesting and being a lover of recipes and cooking I can’t wait until it all becomes available. LOL Lois

  2. Loved the film (saw it last night), and loved the musical score as well. Could you please list the music, and the artists that sang/played in it? Many thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa

      Will get this information updated on the website – thanks for that nudge! In the meantime:
      3 Dawson singer songwriters had pieces: Andrew Lavioellette’s “Present Tense” from his Snow Tires album ; J. Robert Cooke’s “Violet’s Song” and Marieke Heinsch’s “Whispering”. Also amazing finger style guitar by Alex Houghton, as well as music composed by sound designer David Parfit and the very fun “Cows Around” by Alberta’s country star Corb Lund.

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