One River Many Relations

The Oil Sands, Environment, and Indigenous Rights

A Documentary Film

The oil sands are one of the world’s most controversial industrial developments, and are accompanied by protests and debate around the globe. Yet one essential voice is excluded from any discourse regarding this issue: the voice of downstream Indigenous communities. This important and hard-hitting film focuses on the experiences and insights of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation – Dene in Fort Chipewyan. Two years in the making, it highlights both the benefits and the harms associated with the Oil Sands. It also contextualizes these impacts within the cultural traditions of these Peoples. And it shows how any adverse impacts have been aggravated by upstream hydro development and centuries of colonialism. Participants argue that their treaty rights can at once act for the good of their communities and the environment, but also for the good of all.