Funding support

I am thrilled to have received funding from trade unions across the Province. Last month I received my biggest donation to date - $1000 from IBEW local 213! Thank you to all those who have supported the project to date including CUPE Vancouver Island District Council Labour Orientated Cultural Bursary, CUPE Local 2081, CUPE Local 50, CUPE Local 951, Unifor Local 3019 and the Victoria Labour Council.

My incredible Patreon monthly contributors have allowed me to hire a camera and sound operator in Spain and have allowed me to dedicate time off of my regular job to focus on researching and producing this documentary.

Dama Hanks

Raymond Hoff

Kristen Cox

Thaddeus Cox

Pat Atherton

Almudena Cros

Lisa Ellis

Jennifer Ferro

Terri Van Sleuwen

Danika Ellis

Erin Brost

Michael Veronneau

Peter Eberhardt

Other lovely supporters have donated directly to the project.

Nola Williams

Janete Fors and Barry

David Yorke

Michael Harding

Irene and Matthew Sanderson

Island Catholic News

and other anynomous donors

All of this incredible support keeps the project moving forward. Knowing that others believe in this story enough to contribute to it means the world to me. Thank you all!!!!

Paying Tribute

Paying Tribute

It took 81 years to find the final resting place of Peter Johnson.  On May 31 (the anniversary of this death), I was honoured to visit the resting place of this brave and honorable man.   In these unmarked graves is the remains of International Brigaders from around the world. 

I can't know for any certainly that I was in the exact spot of his grave but if not, I was feet away.  I spent an emotional week in Spain - full of tributes to the International Brigades but on Thursday, as the first family member to visit this unmarked grave- well I just lost it.

“You are history. You are legend. You are the heroic examples of democracy, solidarity and universality. We shall not forget you, and when the olive tree of peace puts forth its leaves again, come back, and all of you will find the love and gratitude of the whole Spanish people who, now and in the future, will cry out with all their hearts, long live the heroes of the International Brigades”

~Dolores Iburri, La Pasionaria, to the assembled Brigadistas in Barcelona in 1938 as the International Brigade was disbanded

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Caspe, Spain

Caspe, Spain

Last month, I went to Caspe, Spain for the opportunity to speak with Virgilio Fernández, a 99 year old volunteer of the International Brigades.   Virgilio had just been released from the hospital but that didn't stop him from making his way to Caspe to be honoured by the Mayor and the State Governor.  it was a thrill and an honour to speak with such a great man.

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CUPE Vancouver Island District Council Labour supports project

So excited to receive the CUPE Vancouver Island District Council Labour Oriented Cultural Bursary.  

The story of the British Columbia Brigades is also one of British Columbia's labour history -   the struggle for better working conditions, a living wage and regular employment.   Many Brigaders were labour organizers and participants in the 1930's labour protests.  Their fight in Spain was the ultimate show of solidarity.