500 Days in the Wild launches a grassroots, innovative approach to film production fundraising and donations to Keep Canada Wild!

Gemini-nominated filmmaker Dianne Whelan invites Canadian women to join her campaign as 'Mothers of the Film' for 500 Days in the Wild


1. Make a $1,000 one-time tax-deductible impact investment to help change how film is financed in Canada.

2. Visit this this LINK at CPAWS to make your donation.

3. Receive a tax-deductible receipt, thanks to our partnership with CPAWS, the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society.

4. Take a screenshot of your confirmation receipt and upload it HERE to confirm your Mother of the Film benefits with PowHERhouse.

5. Celebrate with us as we welcome Dianne Whelan home after her amazing journey - learn more about the PowHERhouse 8th Anniversary Celebration on October 3, 2021.  

6. Like more info?  Download our 1-Pager to learn more.


PowHERhouse is pleased to be working closely with Dianne as an Impact Producer, building relationships, support, momentum, and awareness throughout the film's production and launch. Mothers of the Film invites Canadian women to proactively participate in backing and birthing independent film. We celebrate these founding Mothers of the Film and invite you to join us as we reimagine how film is financed into the future.


Thank you to these generous supporters :

Melanie Rupp     Tracey McVicar     Sandy Kay     Daphne Francis     Claudie & Terra Boone     Valerie Pringle     Tanis Frame     Brenda Morrison     Sherry Coman     Michelle Cole     Ticia Heward -     Geraldine Whelan     Miah Olmsted     Nadine Currie Jackson      & Anonymous Mothers of the Film


PowHERhouse looks forward to celebrating with Dianne at our October 3, 2021 Anniversary Celebration

After a six-year ecological and reconciliation pilgrimage along The Great Trail (the Trans Canada Trail), Dianne Whelan recently crossed the border into her home province of British Columbia. Whelan will be stepping off the Trail later this year and stepping into film production.


500 Days in the Wild is a feature documentary about an artist’s journey to look for lost wisdom on the world’s longest trail. A story that calls us back to a place of reverence for the earth. View the film trailer here. View one-sheet here.

Mothers of the Film is a national grassroots fundraising campaign that provides the opportunity to reimagine and rebuild how media - including films - is financed. The campaign provides an innovative approach to ensure that the voices of artists of impact and independent filmmakers are heard unfiltered, leaving creative freedom and control in their hands.

A portion of each Mothers of the Film tax-deductible contribution also provides support to CPAWS, the Canadian Park and Wilderness Society. CPAWS is Canada's only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the long-term protection of Canada's public lands, oceans, and freshwater, ensuring that Canada's parks are equipped to protect the nature within them for future generations.  (US supporters can donate via


"The stories we tell ourselves shape our worldview.

If you want to change the world, change the story. That is the power of art. But how do you get around the status quo to introduce new ideas? We have thousands of years of history, how do we tell HERstory?

That's where Mothers of the Film comes in. I personally invite you to become a Mother of the Film and help us tell HERstory. Together, we can and will shift the narrative to shift society." ~ Dianne Whelan

Mothers of the Film - PowHERhouse is pleased to be working closely with Dianne as an Impact Producer, building relationships, support, momentum, and awareness throughout the film's production and launch. Mothers of the Film invites Canadian women to proactively participate in backing and birthing independent film.

This campaign provides an opportunity to showcase the power of collective support and all that is possible when we come together for the purpose of creating impact.

Each Mother of the Film will be welcomed to upcoming online gatherings with Dianne to provide input and mentoring, receive updates through the production process, and connect with other like-minded changemakers. This is only the beginning!

In partnership with CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, your one-time $1,000 tax-deductible contribution as an impact-backer of 500 Days in the Wild would play a significant support role in helping us to fundraise for this project, providing complete creative control to remain in the hands of Dianne as a truly independent filmmaker and her amazing team of producers, editors, interns, and of course, impact champions.

Learn more about the Mothers of the Film campaign - download our Info Sheet or book a conversation with Charlene now.

The Project - Dianne’s journey began six years ago, Canada Day, July 1, 2015, when she set out on an ecological pilgrimage to honour the land, the water, our ancestors, and to search for the wisdom needed to protect the earth for future generations, while simultaneously filming a documentary about the experience. The feature documentary culled from hundreds of hours of filming will be a weave of adventure film, personal reflections, and stunning captures of wildlife and landscapes. The people she encounters are indigenous elders she pays her respects to along the way, friends who occasionally join her on the trail, and locals in the communities she passes through.

“At 50, I found myself at a crossroads with the world no longer making sense. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest and a recession, a new story has emerged on the Trail, the realization that we will not survive traveling solo. Partnerships with CPAWS and with Charlene SanJenko of PowHERhouse, our Indigenous Impact Producer, are the way we move forward together."

DIANNE WHELAN is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist. She is no stranger to shooting indie films in extreme locations. She’s filmed on Mt. Everest for her award-winning documentary film 40 Days at Base Camp and on the most northern coastline of Canada for This Land.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Dianne Whelan, please contact Charlene SanJenko, Indigenous Impact Producer at

(604) 741.7985  •  •  

PowHERhouse proudly acknowledges the support of these progressive partners and welcomes well-aligned future collaborators 


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