Victoria Lean’s After the last river is documentary that lays out the insurmountable problems the Attawapiskat First Nation has been facing over the years. Starting with De Beers diamond company who in 2008 opened a mine close to the reserve. It came with the company promising great economic opportunities and jobs for the people of Attawapiskat. There was actually very little. But the mercury from the mines was everywhere. In the water, the fishes they caught, in the soil, along with homes infested with black mold and diseases. After the last river tells the whole history of Canada’s troubled relationship with our First Nations, from the painful past of residential schools to the Idle No More movement, the housing crisis, Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike and Stephen Harper’s refusal to meet with her. Victoria Lean goes to Attawapiskat to meet with the people most affected with health issues. She also interviews NDP MP Charlie Angus, a relentless champion of their causes. To be fair, those problems existed long before the Conservatives formed Government. It may prove a problem too big to solve for any Government. Victoria Lean’s After the last river is a good place to start if you want to know more.
After the last river