DiCaprio stands alongside First Nations chiefs to issue challenge to Prime Minister Harper
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:25 AM - In the latest chapter of the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio teamed up with First Nations representatives to throw down the gauntlet on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
DiCaprio, who is in Alberta to film a documentary on the oil sands, travelled to Fort Chipewyan to issue the challenge with First Nations chiefs Steve Courtoreille and Allan Adam. The actor also spent time in the community, including a lunch of caribou stew, pan-fried pickerel and fresh bannock.
“It was kind of a crazy, having a superstar in a community of 1,200 people,” Courtoreille told the Edmonton Journal. “The word was out and a crowd gathered pretty quickly no matter where he went.
“But for somebody who is that big a star, he was very down-to-earth. He is a very nice man.”
The challenged issued to the Prime Minister may not materialize as Harper has received several invitations since the campaign started this summer, and has agreed to make a donation to the ALS Association.
The documentary the actor is working on is not solely about the oilsands, but one of a number of environmental issues that will be explored. DiCaprio currently serves on the board of the World Wildlife Fund and Natural Resources Defense Council, among other organizations.
Below is the video DiCaprio made and posted to his Facebook account, outlining the challenge: