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For seven days, a documentary film crew was embedded with the scientists of Polar Bears International (PBI), shadowing them as they researched—and lived alongside—the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba. Canada Goose is proud to have supported the production of Bare Existence.

This documentary contains sensitive material, viewer discretion is advised.

We’ve been a proud partner of PBI for over a decade. They share our love of the North—and we’re deeply invested in the work they’re doing to make sure polar bears and the land they call home are around for many generations to come.

That’s why we’re proud to support the making of Bare Existence, a documentary about PBI. It’s a rare glimpse into life on the ground in Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world, seen through the eyes of the people who are dedicating their lives to halting the unthinkable.

Meet the Cast

Chief Scientist at Polar Bears International

Dr Steven Amstrup has made the study of bears his life’s work. With over 40 years in the field, he is one of the foremost voices calling for immediate action to protect polar bears and their habitat.

“We need to connect the dots between polar bears, and the threats they face, and the rest of life on earth.”

Director of Conservation Outreach
at Polar Bears International

“What we’re willing to do for the bears is what we’re willing to do for future generations.”

A trained scientist, Alysa McCall now spends most of her working life teaching others about polar bears, their habitat and the impacts of climate change. Some days that’s talking to donors, others writing for the organization’s website, and, her favourite, speaking to classrooms of children about what the loss of polar bears would mean to the world they’re inheriting.

Intern at Polar Bears International

Seventeen-year-old Jurnee straddles two worlds: Her ordinary existence as a high schooler working a part time job at the grocery store, and the extraordinary opportunities of her internship with PBI, where she has a front row seat on the science of a changing climate.  

“I think that saving the bears equals saving the people because you're saving our community.”


“I feel compelled to stand up and have an impact, and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to do so.”

Along with his production team, filmmaker Max Lowe spent seven days in November 2018 documenting the work of PBI. Shadowing the scientists as they went about their work, Lowe and his crew experienced northern Canada at its most extreme—and breathtaking.

the making of

From November 1 to 7, 2018, a documentary crew from Stept Productions travelled north to Churchill, Manitoba in order to spend a week embedded with the scientists of Polar Bears International. This is their experience.

night spent out on the edge of Hudson’s Bay, shooting footage at Polar Bear Point

RED cameras used to shoot the documentary

different polar bears spotted during the shoot

plus hours of footage condensed into a 19 minute film

hours of darkness each day