Learn more about the problem of communicating with future generations at Giant Mine! Historian and filmmaker Ron Harpelle of Lakehead University worked with independent filmmakers Kelly Saxberg (of Sheba Films) and Yellowknifer France Benoit to produce a documentary film about the arsenic issue at Giant mine. Guardians of Eternity is a startling film that documents the impact of arsenic pollution from an abandoned gold mine in the Northwest Territories on adjacent Yellowknives Dene First Nations communities. It has been over two decades since the mine closed and community members struggle today with the question of what to do with 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide dust stored underground at the site. They also consider how to warn future generations of the toxic dangers at the old mine and communicate the perpetual care activities that will be required to contain the waste.
“Guardians of Eternity is a fresh, engaging, and honest look at some of the most profound questions of environmental justice of our time: the way that industrial development has not only left Indigenous peoples with the immediate environmental and social damage, but made them responsible for looking after the deadly, permanent, legacy.”
Jamie Kneen, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, MiningWatch Canada
Since its completion, Guardians of Eternity has been subtitled in French and Spanish, has been screened at numerous film festivals, in classrooms and other public venues. You can stream the entire documentary in the video above. You can also purchase a DVD copy of the film at www.guardiansofeternity.ca, where you will also find more information about the filmmakers, as well as materials for classroom use.
Festivals and recognition:
Mexico International Film festival (Golden Palm winner)
Elements International Environmental Film Festival
Women’s Voices Now
Marda Loop Justice Film Festival
Bay Street Film festival
Near Nazareth Festival, Afula Isreal
The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) Northern Character Film and TV Festival