We Rise Up! (Episode Three): The Eeyouch of Istchee Series
Catalogue Number: PPE036
Producer: Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Economics, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2013
Running Time: 82:51
It is 1989. While the struggle continues to get the federal and Quebec governments to implement the JBNQA, Cree communities deal with inadequate resources for housing, social programs and economic development. Meanwhile, profits from resource extraction (forestry, hydro and mining) on Cree lands are flowing south to fill Quebec coffers. When Quebec announces the go-ahead for more major hydro projects, the Crees object, and launch a bold campaign to stop the Great Whale and NBR Projects. The government changes and Quebec freezes the Great Whale project, but announces a referendum to separate from Canada. Again the Crees rally with a media and legal campaign that says if Canada is divisible, so is Quebec. Relations between Quebec and the Crees are at an all-time low, when the people of Quebec say no to separation. This episode covers the Cree story from 1989 to the end of the 90s.
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