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| 47 min

This documentary looks at the hazards of uranium mining in Canada. Toxic and radioactive waste pose environmental threats while the traditional economic and spiritual lives of the Indigenous people who occupy this land have been violated. Given our limited knowledge of the associated risks, this film questions the validity of continuing the mining operations.

  • director
    Magnus Isacsson
  • producer
    Dale Phillips
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • script
    Michael Riordon
  • camera
    Barry Perles
  • sound
    Rick Gustavsen
    Clancy Livingston
    Jeremy Sagar
    Yvon Benoît
  • editing
    Dominique Fortin
  • sound editing
    André Chaput
  • narrator
    Buffy Ste-Marie
  • music
    Michael Becker


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Ages 14 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Geography - Environmental Issues
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges
Science - Earth Science and Geology
Social Studies - Environmental Challenges

Have students research, discuss, and write about the state of uranium mining in Canada since the film was made (1990). Students can take one of the mining towns mentioned (e.g., Port Radium, Uranium City) and examine how it has fared since then, both industrially and ecologically. Ask students how they feel after this film: what do they think when they see the amount of pollution and damage caused by such a strategic and critical industry?

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