Friday, November 11, 2011

Documentary film on Pebble Mine postponed to Nov. 18

BARAGA -- The film Red Gold: The Pebble Mine Debate, originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11, has been postponed because of Veterans' Day activities in Baraga. It will be shown at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Ojibwa Senior Citizens Center in Baraga.

Image from poster courtesy Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Department of Natural Resources.

This 55-minute documentary chronicles the importance of the largest wild Pacific salmon fishery on the planet and the proposed underground and open-pit gold, copper, and molybdenum mine proposed at its headwaters. This mine, if built, would be the largest in North America and produce three billion tons of waste over its lifetime.

Red Gold gives all sides of the debate a chance to be heard, from industry officials to the people of Bristol Bay, Alaska -- Native, commercial and sport fishermen -- whose way of life depends on this extraordinary fishery.

This film is part of the "Mining Impacts on Native Lands" Film Series. The goal of this monthly film series, hosted by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resources Department, is to increase community awareness and capacity in the midst of growing mineral interest throughout the Lake Superior region. Featured films will focus on the environmental and social impacts of mining, particularly on Native communities. All films are free and open to the public. Mining updates and information will be provided and discussion welcomed.

Click here to view Red Gold's trailer.


Erica said...

Why are they showing it at 1pm? That seems like a hard time for individuals who work to attend. I'm from Alaska, and I've commercial fished in Bristol Bay for 8 years. The Bristol Bay watershed is home to the largest naturally occurring sockeye salmon stocks on the planet. Pebble mine will lead to the demise of the fishery. A good resource for those interested in it who can't attend the movie is the Renewable Resources Coalition's website. They're a sizable force in the No Pebble activity in Alaska.

Keweenaw Now said...

Thanks for your comment, Erica. This film was shown at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Baraga Casino. I thought we had announced it, but it seems we forgot. Please forgive.