CLEARWATER RIVER, CANADA 2018 I 03:55 MINS I ENGLISH I FRENCH
PROTECTING OUR HOMELAND
With the Canadian government’s broken promises of Treaty 10 allowing uranium companies to mine in Patterson Lake, there could be devastating consequences for the workers, the local environment, and the community’s future. Weaving together beautiful footage of the land and frightening testimony of a former miner, director Ashton Janvier asks when enough will be enough.
This film wants to inspire the young generation to start caring about our lands and culture while raising awareness about the ravages of uranium mining in Patterson Lake, SK.
Born on May 12, 1992, Ashton is a young Denesuline from the community of La Loche. He attends University through a program at the Clearwater River Dene Nation School on the reserve. This is his first involvement with Wapikoni; he was the director of his first short film for creating awareness on the Patterson Lake uranium mining. He is passionate about Indigenous education, preservation of culture and language, as well as filming and acting. After he completes his teaching degree, he wants to teach in his community and educate his fellow Denesuline on indigenous studies.
Producers: Manon Barbeau (Wapikoni)
Director of photography: Ninon Pednault & Ashton Janvier
Sound: Guillaume Collin & Mathieu Buzzetti-Melançon
Music: Damien Cheecham