First Nations: FirestarterDocumentary
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PRINCIPAL CASTFrank Smeenk, Elfie Goodchild, Anna Baggio, Janet Sumner, Richard Nemis, Patrick Brown, Isadore Day, Joel Baxter, Bob Rae, Moe Lavigne
In 2001 a surveying team in Canada discovered a massive underground deposit of chromium, a metal essential to industrial society. Properly exploited, the find named the Ring of Fire would make Canada one of the largest chromium producers in the world. The only problem: the Ring of Fire is located on First Nations tribal land in northern Ontario, a wilderness area so remote that a billion-dollar transportation network would be necessary in order to set up mining operations. Told through interviews with tribal chiefs, business leaders, politicians and environmentalists, First Nations: Firestarter examines the controversies, risks and possible rewards that would come from exploiting the Ring of Fire, a project that promises prosperity for the impoverished First Nations peoples even as it threatens the sensitive ecosystem that has sustained them for generations.