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Down The Mighty River

Down the Mighty River is an intimate and moving portrait of the river and its people, land, wildlife and the cultural and environmental impacts of one of the most environmentally destructive mega projects in the western hemisphere.

  • Addicted to Hydro
    Friday, October 25
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Quebec and the James Bay Cree have one thing in common: they're both hooked on hydro-electric power. Today, the Cree have come rely on hydro money. For Quebec, it's the cornerstone of the province's economic and political aspirations. With a ready and able workforce and an insatiable appetite for power south of the border, Hydro-Quebec is doing what they do best: damming. The Cree have tried to shake their addiction to hydro, proposing alternatives such as wind power. Some say Hydro-Quebec shut these plans down, while others say it was too little, too late. Where does Quebec's hydro obsession leave us? What are the alternatives: were they really just a lot of wind?
  • One Less River
    Friday, November 1
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Rupert is one of the few remaining wild rivers. The Cree are sharing their land for development for the future generations all over Quebec. What is the environmental impact of all this kind of development on the territory, and more globally, on our climate? We visit Smokey Hill, a key traditional site for the Cree where Hydro's environmental mitigation efforts extend to mitigate the cultural impacts as well. We meet brothers that were torn apart by their father's decision to allow major development on their trapline, and learn how they united and came to understand the elders' resolution.
  • More Power Than We Think
    Friday, November 8
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 relation to the river - and what they will need to do to prepare for the future, while remaining connected to their past.
  • The River That Heals
    Friday, November 15
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    It's the final summer for the Rupert River as we know it. One of the last wild rivers in North America is about to be diverted for a major hydroelectric project. Ten Cree paddlers embark on a 6-week, 600-kilometre journey down the Rupert River, to witness it one last time. For a culture that has gone through a rapid and painful social change, and for whom living off the land is no longer a viable option, this is also a voyage of healing for the Cree, into their unique cultural legacy.
  • The Great Divide
    Friday, November 22
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The money generated from hydroelectric development in James Bay is saving the Cree and tearing them apart at the same time. Are river diversions a necessary evil for the Cree? Is development the key to survival or have they sold their soul for cold hard cash? It's a question of damned if you do, damned if you don't. One thing's clear: dams divide more than just water.
  • The Power of Resilience
    Friday, November 29
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    In recent history, the Cree people of James Bay have been displaced by hydro projects, forced into residential schools and hit by rapid change. Through it all, the Cree have maintained their culture by reconnecting with the land. But now that land is in jeopardy. In Old Nemaska, people are rebuilding a community displaced by a hydro project that never happened, only to discover they're building on a shifting foundation, with the river about to change forever. Cree culture has endured years of colonialism and huge-scale development. Will the river be as resilient? Will it survive this rapid environmental change?
  • Addicted to Hydro
    Friday, December 6
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Quebec and the James Bay Cree have one thing in common: they're both hooked on hydro-electric power. Today, the Cree have come rely on hydro money. For Quebec, it's the cornerstone of the province's economic and political aspirations. With a ready and able workforce and an insatiable appetite for power south of the border, Hydro-Quebec is doing what they do best: damming. The Cree have tried to shake their addiction to hydro, proposing alternatives such as wind power. Some say Hydro-Quebec shut these plans down, while others say it was too little, too late. Where does Quebec's hydro obsession leave us? What are the alternatives: were they really just a lot of wind?
  • One Less River
    Friday, December 13
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Rupert is one of the few remaining wild rivers. The Cree are sharing their land for development for the future generations all over Quebec. What is the environmental impact of all this kind of development on the territory, and more globally, on our climate? We visit Smokey Hill, a key traditional site for the Cree where Hydro's environmental mitigation efforts extend to mitigate the cultural impacts as well. We meet brothers that were torn apart by their father's decision to allow major development on their trapline, and learn how they united and came to understand the elders' resolution.
  • More Power Than We Think
    Friday, December 20
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 relation to the river - and what they will need to do to prepare for the future, while remaining connected to their past.
  • The River That Heals
    Friday, December 27
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    It's the final summer for the Rupert River as we know it. One of the last wild rivers in North America is about to be diverted for a major hydroelectric project. Ten Cree paddlers embark on a 6-week, 600-kilometre journey down the Rupert River, to witness it one last time. For a culture that has gone through a rapid and painful social change, and for whom living off the land is no longer a viable option, this is also a voyage of healing for the Cree, into their unique cultural legacy.
  • The Great Divide
    Friday, January 3
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The money generated from hydroelectric development in James Bay is saving the Cree and tearing them apart at the same time. Are river diversions a necessary evil for the Cree? Is development the key to survival or have they sold their soul for cold hard cash? It's a question of damned if you do, damned if you don't. One thing's clear: dams divide more than just water.

 

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  • The Power of Resilience
    Friday, October 18
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    In recent history, the Cree people of James Bay have been displaced by hydro projects, forced into residential schools and hit by rapid change. Through it all, the Cree have maintained their culture by reconnecting with the land. But now that land is in jeopardy. In Old Nemaska, people are rebuilding a community displaced by a hydro project that never happened, only to discover they're building on a shifting foundation, with the river about to change forever. Cree culture has endured years of colonialism and huge-scale development. Will the river be as resilient? Will it survive this rapid environmental change?
  • The Great Divide
    Friday, October 11
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The money generated from hydroelectric development in James Bay is saving the Cree and tearing them apart at the same time. Are river diversions a necessary evil for the Cree? Is development the key to survival or have they sold their soul for cold hard cash? It's a question of damned if you do, damned if you don't. One thing's clear: dams divide more than just water.
  • The River That Heals
    Friday, October 4
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    It's the final summer for the Rupert River as we know it. One of the last wild rivers in North America is about to be diverted for a major hydroelectric project. Ten Cree paddlers embark on a 6-week, 600-kilometre journey down the Rupert River, to witness it one last time. For a culture that has gone through a rapid and painful social change, and for whom living off the land is no longer a viable option, this is also a voyage of healing for the Cree, into their unique cultural legacy.
  • More Power Than We Think
    Friday, September 27
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 relation to the river - and what they will need to do to prepare for the future, while remaining connected to their past.
  • One Less River
    Friday, September 20
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Rupert is one of the few remaining wild rivers. The Cree are sharing their land for development for the future generations all over Quebec. What is the environmental impact of all this kind of development on the territory, and more globally, on our climate? We visit Smokey Hill, a key traditional site for the Cree where Hydro's environmental mitigation efforts extend to mitigate the cultural impacts as well. We meet brothers that were torn apart by their father's decision to allow major development on their trapline, and learn how they united and came to understand the elders' resolution.
  • Addicted to Hydro
    Friday, September 13
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Quebec and the James Bay Cree have one thing in common: they're both hooked on hydro-electric power. Today, the Cree have come rely on hydro money. For Quebec, it's the cornerstone of the province's economic and political aspirations. With a ready and able workforce and an insatiable appetite for power south of the border, Hydro-Quebec is doing what they do best: damming. The Cree have tried to shake their addiction to hydro, proposing alternatives such as wind power. Some say Hydro-Quebec shut these plans down, while others say it was too little, too late. Where does Quebec's hydro obsession leave us? What are the alternatives: were they really just a lot of wind?
  • The Power of Resilience
    Friday, September 6
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    In recent history, the Cree people of James Bay have been displaced by hydro projects, forced into residential schools and hit by rapid change. Through it all, the Cree have maintained their culture by reconnecting with the land. But now that land is in jeopardy. In Old Nemaska, people are rebuilding a community displaced by a hydro project that never happened, only to discover they're building on a shifting foundation, with the river about to change forever. Cree culture has endured years of colonialism and huge-scale development. Will the river be as resilient? Will it survive this rapid environmental change?