Marie Michael Library
The People of the Kattawapiskak River
This documentary exposes the dreadful living conditions of 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario. Hundreds of families have no running water or electricity in a village where temperatures drop to minus 40 degrees. In October 2011, the band chief, Theresa Spence, asked the Canadian Red Cross for help. A state of emergency was declared to confront the severe housing crisis. In this film, politicians and members of the community speak out about the shocking poverty.