Down the Mighty River

More Power Than We Think

The doors close on the Rupert dam: the diversion process is has begun and the river will change forever. It's a sad moment. Cree culture and the Legacy paddlers have been changed - and find hope. We examine the alternatives to damming rivers, with the hope that the mistakes of Rupert will not be repeated again. Ernest reflects on his voyage: his journey with his fellow Cree, his conversations with environmentalists and his experiences with Hydro-Quebec. We end with a new appreciation of the Cree's...
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  • program length: 22 minutes
  • episode #106

Friday, August 16 at 1:30 am on 12.2

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  • Friday, September 27 at 1:30 am on 12.2

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Our host, Ernest Webb (Cree), take us on a journey down the Rupert River for the last time, the summer before it’s diverted for a hydroelectric. Once a prominent Cree destination, Ernest will uncover the river’s true story, its people, land, and wildlife forever capturing the change and impact the hydroelectric project will have on the Cree’s cultural significance of Rupert River.