A DIY home in Dawson City

Filmmakers visit Haida Gwaii to learn about local architecture

A pair of documentary filmmakers are looking to speak with Haida Gwaiians who have built or designed homes on island.

A pair of documentary filmmakers are looking to speak with Haida Gwaiians who have built or designed homes on island.

Funded by a McMaster University Renaissance grant for self-directed studies, Korry Garvey and Kristel Derkowski are travelling across Canada to shoot what will be their first full-length documentary.

“Since were going across the country, we’re looking at how buildings and architecture are unique to each place,” says Garvey.

Before arriving on Haida Gwaii yesterday, the pair spent a month speaking to builders and architects in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Dawson City.

In Yellowknife, Garvey said they met people living in off-the-grid cabins right downtown, and several more living in houseboats.

But in the Arctic city, even conventional homes stand out.

“It’s all built on rocks, and they try not to blast away the rocks,” said Garvey.

“A house will be built on a very steep rock face — it’s really amazing.”

Garvey and Derkowski will be on Haida Gwaii until Oct. 10. To get in touch, phone or text Garvey at 905-380-3911.