Forests: Canada's Natural Resources SeriesThis title is a part of the series Canada's Natural Resources Series: Creating a Sustainable Environment
Catalogue Number: LM0013
Producer: LeMay Media
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Civics, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Geography, Science, Social Sciences
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 20:54
Closed Captions: Yes
Forests: In this program, we explore the concept of sustainability in regards to Canada's forests which cover over half of our landmass. We begin with a look at the history of deforestation practices and the impact this has had on biodiversity and habitats. Traditional industrial forest practices have also had a detrimental impact on local and aboriginal communities. Various examples are provided from First Nation communities across the country. The program also highlights the newer approaches to forest management in Canada. Initiatives by government organizations, the Aboriginal Forestry Initiative, and various local groups now work at saving and sustainably managing our forests.
Moving forward, we need to decide what role forests play in our economy, our biosphere and our culture. We need to find a solution that balances economic needs with environmental needs. This program provides an excellent introduction to the topics of sustainability, the critical role forests play in the carbon cycle and climate change, and the importance of forests in our cultural, spiritual and physical health.
Filmmaker Bio: An award-winning Métis filmmaker, Matt LeMay is an innovator in the field of educational documentary film. He has channelled his passion for addressing social issues that impact First Nations and Métis communities into documentaries that showcase the power of Indigenous storytelling and the importance of protecting the natural environment.
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