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Water: Canada's Natural Resources Series

This title is a part of the series Canada's Natural Resources Series: Creating a Sustainable Environment

Catalogue Number:  LM0014
Producer:  LeMay Media
Subject:  Civics, First Nations Studies, Geography, Science, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  20:31
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Water: This program looks at the state of water in Canada, a natural resource that is often taken for granted. Our waterways are unique, complex and interconnected systems that sustain life, yet we continually mistreat this natural resource that is vital to survival. Pollution from oil spills, salt runoff, agriculture, heavy metals and sewage is the most significant threat to aquatic ecosystems and water sources in this country. Other problems such as hydraulic fracking, the bottled water industry, development, the use of microplastics and invasive species also take their toll on the watershed.

Access to sufficient, affordable, and safe drinking water is easy for most Canadians, but this is not true for many First Nations indigenous persons. In stark contrast, the water supplied to many First Nations communities is contaminated, hard to access, or at risk due to faulty treatment systems. Members of Grassy Narrows First Nations, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and the community of Kashechewan are just a few of the 94 First Nations communities in Canada that have boil-water advisories. To build resilient environments, healthy communities and economies for the future, we need to ensure there is enough healthy water flowing in our lakes and rivers for nature’s needs.

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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