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Downstream: Mine Waste and the Fraser River Watershed

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Catalogue Number:  RVP000
Producer:  River Voices
Producing Agencies:  River Voices Productions, The Wilderness Committee
Subject:  Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Science, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2016
Running Time:  5:55
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Huge mine tailings dams - like the one that burst at the Mount Polley Mine in 2014 - pose a serious risk to the health of British Columbia's most important salmon watershed: the Fraser River. These massive dams are holding back increasing amounts of mine waste mixed with water, and some mines are even permitted to release effluent directly into waterways.  The health of the region's indigenous people and world famous salmon runs are at stake. It's time to ban risky tailings ponds and clean up BC's mining industry.

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