Marie Michael Library
When Hydro-Quebec announces its intention to proceed with the James Bay II hydroelectric project, the 15,000 Cree who live in the region decide to stand up to the giant utility. A turning point in the campaign occurs in 1990, when a group of Cree and Inuit travel by odeyak (a hybrid canoe and kayak) and dogsled from northern Quebec to New York City. This six-week voyage culminates with an enormous Earth Day rally in New York, focussing international attention on the Cree cause with the end result being the cancellation of the James Bay II project. National Film Board (NFB).