While small acts of love and kindness can make a huge difference in the world, some decide to go the extra mile for causes they are passionate about, dedicating large sums of time and resources to raise awareness. "Bear Witness," chronicles the year (September 23, 2015 to September 23, 2016) Dave and Amy Freeman spent in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Wilderness to bring awareness to the threats posed by a proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the wilderness edge. The video is divided up into four seasons and documents the beauty of the BWCA during each season through video and journal-like audio. It tells their story through their words and perspective, adding a personal touch and a descriptive connection to an area that many may never see. Not only are they advocating for BWCA, but are advocating for standing up for all of the wilderness places around the world. In December 2016, U.S. Federal Agencies denied the mining lease and began an environmental review of the Boundary Waters to determine potential impacts from mining.


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  • Gustavo Castro

    Thank you Amy, Dave and people who made this possible, for standing steadily up doing this beautiful work. From the huge Mexico City, I stand with you.

  • Kathy Mitchell

    Dear Amy and Dave, THANK YOU for giving me a close up view of this amazing place. The quiet beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area deserves protecting for future generations. I am in awe of your survivalist skills and your commitment to your values. You inspire me to join the fight for the wild places in our country.

  • Shirley Marsh

    Nature in all its forms deserves our love and support. We are rapidly destroying nature in every way possible while in pursuit of the almighty dollar. So very sad, and so very anti life.

  • Melissa

    I had the honor to stay in the Boundary Waters for 5 days my senior of High School in 1995. I absolutely loved it. Thank you Amy and Dave for fighting for an amazing place!

  • Carolyn Reinhart

    What a committed and dedicated couple who didn't just speak "words" but lived out their passion and message for 1 whole year - thank you

  • Janet Hann

    Wonderful memories. Hopes and prayers for the future. Thank you Dave and Amy for your fortitude and devotion. Keep on keeping on.

  • Rachael Denny

    The way Dave and Amy shared their love for this wondrous place.

  • Aimee A.

    If only they could play this video in every elementary school in the country. What an impact it could have. The beauty you shared literally brought me to tears. Thank you.



  • Carol Fox

    Amy and Dave's reflections spoken over the images of the treasure they seek to protect

  • Liz Mitten Ryan

    Dave and Amy you inspire hope for the earth, humanity, and the foundational values that make this life experience meaningful and important. Thank you!

  • Gurudatt Shenoy

    Save environment,save water enjoy the life

  • Luvo

    Just wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Learn more about Dave and Amy Freeman's year in the wilderness.
  • Find out more about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
  • Here are 10 ways you can help save the Boundary Waters. One of them is to share this story.

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