(80 min) Indigenous Studies; Human Rights; Colonization
The dilemma of Indigenous people who, having been shut out of the economy through colonization, are facing a psychological war of having to decide between traditional cultural needs as stewards of the land and temporary income from resource extraction that will destroy not only their culture but the land itself.
Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher (2015)
"Deep down we're all fractured," an oil and gas representative tells young Aboriginal leader and lawyer Caleb Behn. Behn knows that feeling all too well, as he struggles with the role he'll play in protecting his traditional territory under Treaty 8 in northern British Columbia, an area that is currently under siege from some of the world's largest natural gas operations. The troubling reality is that the same industry threatening traditional practices and livelihoods is also responsible for giving his parents jobs that provided him with his lifestyle and education.