From John Sandlos: "What can be done when a gold mining operation leaves thousands of tons of toxic arsenic stored underground right next to Yellowknife, the largest city in the Northwest Territories? The Guardians of Eternity is a documentary that traces the history of arsenic contamination at the abandoned Giant Mine, and examines the perplexing question of what to do about the problem today. The federal government is currently freezing the underground arsenic as a way of containing it, but can a more permanent solution be found? Given the potentially very long term nature of the problem, how can we communicate the hazards and perpetual care requirements at Giant Mine to future generations? Can the mine remediation program incorporate a program of restorative justice for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, who bore the brunt of arsenic contamination from the mine in terms of health impacts and the loss of access to traditional lands?"
Anyone with an interest in northern environmental issues, the north, technology, or social justice should check to see whether Guardians of Eternity, a powerful film on Yellowknife's Giant Mine, is screening near you.
It is showing in Ottawa, Yellowknife, Thunder Bay, and St. John's so far, with more screenings to come:
Northern United Place, Yellowknife
Saturday November 7, 7:00 pm
University of Ottawa
Thursday November 19, 2015, Montpetit Hall, Room 201, (MNT201) 7:30 pm.
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Thursday November 26, 2015, Science Building 2109 (SN 2109) 7:00 pm.
Finnish Labour Temple, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Thursday Dec. 10, 2015, 7:00 pm.
Here's the St. John's announcement: https://www.mun.ca/history/news.php?id=6330