A lament by the Indigenous people of Northern Alberta where industry and development has taken priority over the land and the ways of the people.
Victims of a cultural genocide and failed by the constitution, they are saddened. “The wildlife has all gone. All gone to Hell” says Andrew Bouchier of Fort McKay. “You can’t even drink the water round here anymore”
Hunting, fishing and gathering has all but disappeared. Industry pays good money, yes, but where will this leave the children and grandchildren?
The love of money just accelerates the breakdown of societies.
“The Treaty says as long as the sun shines, the river flows and the grass grows, we will be protected. But the sun doesn’t shine, the grass is dead and the rivers are being sucked dry”