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“Save Our Waters” animates indigenous resistance to Canadian pipelines

“Save Our Waters” animates indigenous resistance to Canadian pipelines

The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project is a plan transport diluted bitumen from Canada’s Athabasca oil sands to a Pacific port at Kitimat, BC, for transportation to the Asian markets by tanker ships. The project is opposed by many environmental and citizen groups, as well as First Nations (Native Canadian) groups along its path. The concerns include threats to fresh water and other environments from spills, as well as the risks of introducing tanker traffic to new coastal waters.

Among the outspoken First Nations are the Haida people living on the Haida Gwaii (also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). The Haidawood collective, an arts group that makes stop-animation videos using their people’s well-know artistic wood carving and painting styles to celebrate Haida culture and language, have released “Haida Raid 3: Save Our Waters” to gather support for their cause.

The video includes music by Kinnie Starr, a popular Canadian singer of Mohawk ancestry, and Haida rapper Ja$e ElNino. They go up against a caricature of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who champions development of Canada’s oil economy through projects such as the Northern Gateway pipeline.

According to the YouTube post, “Save Our Waters tells the story of what happens when Prime Minister Stephen Harper attempts to take the Bitumen Valdez Super Tanker around Haida Gwaii and up the Douglas Channel. Watch Raven Hair and Moss Head as they confront the Prime Minister in this new anti-pipeline and anti-tanker Haidawood (Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw, Ken Raj Leslie) animation.”

Other collaborators included Indo-Scottish Canadian artist and academic Ken Leslie, and K’alts’idaa K’ah (Laughing Crow) Productions.

Thanks to Laura for the tip.

Haidawood collective
Haidawood collective

I am Creative Director at Acart Communications, a Canadian Social Issues Marketing agency. Read more