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 Aboriginal 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.

From the playlist : The Strength of Peace

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Rosalie Bertell in the same film? The Native American singer and the scientist nun expose the risks of mining uranium in the Canadian heartland. The nuclear power defenders get their say, but it’s clear that the cost of mining uranium is too high: it’s the same material that is used to produce nuclear weapons. And the nuclear waste is immensely dangerous.

— Douglas Roche

From the playlist : La force de la paix

Buffy Sainte-Marie et Rosalie Bertell dans un même film? La chanteuse américaine autochtone et la religieuse scientifique exposent les risques de l’extraction de l’uranium au centre du Canada. Les défenseurs de la puissance nucléaire ont voix au chapitre, mais il est clair que l’extraction de l’uranium a un coût trop élevé : on utilise également ce métal pour produire des armes nucléaires. Et les résidus radioactifs sont extrêmement dangereux.

— Douglas Roche

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Comments

  • Tallspruce

    “When a spent uranium rod is submersed in electrolyzed water, it is immediately neutralized. The machinery costs less than $500, & uses rain water and 12V at 20 amps. No storage needed. Bury it back in the mine; It never gives off another radioactive isotope.” — Tallspruce, 26 Jan 2011

  • birgitta

    “"Uranium" is a wonderful film. I would like to show it at an event about nuclear power and uranium mining to be held at the end of August 2010 in Sweden. Is it possible to translate it and text it in Swedish or to have this done? Kind regards Birgitta Hedström, Sweden” — birgitta, 18 Jul 2010

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Film Credits

director
Magnus Isacsson
producer
Dale Phillips
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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