Elders Talk About the Impact of Resource Development on the Land and Community in the Fisherman’s Lake Area

Filmmaker Hannah Leona’s piece with the Hamlet of Fort Liard, NT about their connection to the land and water is an exploration of how gas plants and a pipeline have affected their people.

Click here to see the part where Elder Jimmy Klondike shows the areas where resource development is taking place, what streams no longer have potable water and the number of deaths that have come to the community as a result.

The Dene people have always been part of a cycle of living with the land.  They would travel only by walking or canoe throughout the territories into the yukon and down to BC.  The cycle that they are a part of is now in jeopardy from the mining and resource companies that are contaminating the water and earth around them.  Jimmy lost his three year old son when the toddler drank out of a water-source that has been a mainstay of survival for the community for generations.  His son was killed because there was a hydrochloric acid spill that go into the water.  The acid that burned the boy’s oesophagus was from one of many spills Jimmy has documented from 1964 to the present in his traditional territory.

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