Canadian Megadams & Voices of the Resistance: Why Hydropower is Dirty Energy

Released on May 19, 2020, this film brings the voices of front line community members to the screen to tell the real story behind Canadian hydropower dams being promoted as clean energy for export to the U.S.

The North American Megadam Resistance Alliance film by Maine-based Teagan Wright features community members from Innu, Inuit, and Pimicikamak lands in Canada who are on the front lines of the destruction caused by Canadian megadams.

In November 2019, Indigenous community members and allies came to the US to tell their story of the exploitation of people and the environment for hydropower in Canada. The film documents the speakers’ visit to Maine where the Central Maine Power transmission corridor will cut through forests to deliver destructive Canadian hydropower to Boston. For over 100 years, the Canadian hydropower industry has caused cultural genocide of Indigenous people, displacing them from lands they occupied for millennia.

Megadam hydropower is an extreme form of energy production on par with fossil fuels. It destroys rivers, biodiversity, and poisons people and the environment with methylmercury. It is a climate disaster, not a climate solution.

Earth Day 2020: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Cree and Inuit Voyage to Save Our Rivers

Earth Day 2020 is the 30th anniversary of one of the world’s most historic, riveting and successful campaigns against megadam hydropower. This Indigenous-led campaign featured the voyage of the Odeyak hybrid canoe via dog sled, over land and down the Hudson River to NYC and resulted in the cancellation of NYC’s contract with Hydro-Quebec’s Great Whale Project. This groundbreaking film was produced by Standing Bear Network Indigenous just for this Earth Day 2020 and the 30th anniversary of the Odeyak campaign.