TV SERIES PITCH

A new Canadian TV series with a classic Beachcombers setting and modern Schitt’s Creek/Letterkenny comedic tone, based on the challenges of a young Sḵwx̱wú7mesh artist and her move to Gibsons, British Columbia.

THE STORY

Anastasia Joseph is a Squamish Nation artist from unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory, now known as North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Needing a reset in her life, she decides to move up the coast to the small seaside town of Gibsons, to open a graphic design studio.

The modern Gibsons townsite is next to Chekwelhp, one of the most sacred sites in the origin stories of the Squamish people. Due to the colonial history of the region, the modern Squamish population are isolated from this piece of their territory and the reserve is unpopulated. With the exception of a few small modern public art pieces, dwarfed by the growing town of Gibsons, there is no visible presence in the community that an Indigenous culture once thrived on these shores.

The series revolves around the many challenges a young Indigenous woman faces in her complicated family, business and creative life, as she reconnects with the traditional territory of her people.

Moving to a small town with few Indigenous residents puts her in the position of unintentionally and involuntarily becoming her Nation’s unofficial cultural ambassador.

The little sea side town, filled with eccentric characters, is growing and is encountering a wide range of issues like housing affordability, habitat loss from developments, declining fish stocks, limited employment opportunities, a conflict between city and rural community visions, and a citizenship that has a mixed familiarity of how to support or interact with Indigenous culture.

What a great opportunity for some comedy!

In the Beachcombers tradition, whether it’s relevant to the story or not, each episode can include an incident at sea that will require a character to run down a dock and jump into a boat and speed across waters with a beautiful mountain backdrop.