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The Sandman

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Catalogue Number:  A173-026
Producer:  Productions Grand Angle
Producers:  Productions Grand Angle
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Economics, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Physical Geography, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  France
Copyright Year:  2014
Running Time:  27:38


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In northern Canada, Indigineous land is now the home to the largest industrial project in the world: the exploitation of the Alberta tar sands, potentially, the third largest source of new oil for the world. Multinationals are now producing nearly two million barrels a day and an expected five million by 2030 but the ecological cost of extraction is so prohibitive that opponents are on the rise. The production of a barrel of crude from the tar sands is ten times more energy intensive than a conventional barrel. The pollution from this extraction threatens major climate agreements around the planet. In the heart of the boreal forest, indigenous people find their land ransacked by the oil industry. Those living near the region fear potential health problems and are concerned about the effects the oil sands development will have on their culture and life style.

Also available in French: Le marchand de sables



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