Thursday Night Gala


One River, Many Relations

62 min. | 2014
FILMMAKERS: Stéphane McLachlan & Michael Tyas

SECOND SCREENING ADDED! Filmmakers in attendance

Saturday, March 21 | 4:30 pm | Theatre 1


There are essential voices that have been excluded from the debate over Canada’s largest and most controversial industrial development: those of the indigenous communities who live downstream from the Alberta oil sands. One River, Many Relations is their story. The people of the Peace-Athabasca Delta share their history and the changes brought by the oil sands industry, hydro projects, the changing climate and the loss of traditional livelihood.

Working in close collaboration with the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Dene people of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, filmmakers Stéphane McLachlan and Michael Tyas focus on changes in the health of the wildlife and the environment along the Athabasca and Slave Rivers, and the impact these changes have had on the people. The Just Film Festival is proud to host the Canadian premiere of this important film.

“Our hope is that our film can play a role in the sharing of information, concerns, and perspectives on development in the watershed, and also create connections between communities, citizens, researchers, industry, and government.” – filmmakers’ statement

One River, Many Relations, created by the University of Manitoba’s Environmental Conservation Lab, is the first documentary about the Athabasca Delta that gives voice to its indigenous people.
The filmmakers will be in attendance for this screening and there will be a discussion following the screening.

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