Letter from Athabasca • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

Letter from Athabasca • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

Release date:

2011

Running time:

22 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

Yes

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Part of the SAMAQAN: Water Stories series 2

This documentary is one of thirteen in SAMAQAN: Water Stories, Series Two, continuing the exploration of water from the perspective of North America's Indigenous people. Through an examination of dangers posed by the energy sector, six programs in this series illustrate that in a sustainable world, oil and water do not mix.

A visit to Fort McKay illustrates the astonishing effects from exploitation of one of the biggest deposits of oil in the world, the Tar Sands of northern Alberta. Mike and Marlene Orr of the Fort McKay First Nation explain the many changes: the infringement on their treaty rights, the impact on water resources and vegetation, and the rampant illnesses and rare cancers affecting people of all ages including the very young. They are joined by Maude Barlow who expresses strong concerns over the environmental impact of this project. George Poitras, who coined the word "bloody oil" at an international conference, reflects on the the fact that although heavily invested by multinational corporations, neither the provincial nor federal governments have addressed the rampant public health and environmental effects of this megaproject.

 

Titles included in this series:

Khalalesla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Enbridge Northern (22 minutes)
Khalalesla: The Wake of the Tankers (22 mintues)
The Gulf Story, Part 1 (22 mintues)
The Gulf Story, Part 2 (22 mintues)
The Gulf Story, Part 3 (22 mintues)
Wild Rice (22 mintues)
Ooligan (22 mintues)
Water Walk, Part 1 (22 mintues)
Water Walk, Part 2 (22 mintues)
Water Walk, Part 3 (22 mintues)
Water Walk, Part 4 (22 mintues)
Water Walk, Part 5 (22 mintues)

For more information about the series or series producers visit http://www.urbanrez.ca or http://www.samaqan.ca/

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SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1--13 parts)

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1--13 parts)

North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource––a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

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