Power: The James Bay Cree versus Hydro-Quebec*

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Power: The James Bay Cree versus Hydro-Quebec*

  • 1996 ----- color ----- 77 min ----- vhs
  • When Hydro-Quebec announces its intention to proceed with the enormous James Bay II hydroelectric projects, the 15,000 Cree who live in the region decide to stand up to the giant utility. The stage is set for an extraordinary conflict. Presents the compelling, behind-the-scenes story of the Cree's five-year battle to save the Great Whale river and their traditional way of life. A turning point in the long campaign occurs in 1990, when a group of Cree and Inuit travel by odeyak (a hybrid canoe and kayak) and dogsled from northern Quebec to New York City. This extraordinary six-week voyage, culminates with an enormous Earth Day rally in New York focussing international attention on the Cree cause. Relying on ingenuity, perseverance and luck, the Cree of northern Quebec force the cancellation of the James Bay II project, achieving one of the most important enviornmental victories of our times. In the process, they discover their own power as a nation. (Closed-Captioned) (Donated by the Department of Canadian Studies) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Canadian Studies, Energy, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science: Canadian, Water)