Sacred Water: Standing Rock is the first in an 8-part documentary series that showcases Indigenous activists across the Americas rising up to protect their ancestral homelands and the environment. There will be a public screening of the documentary on Monday, April 23 on the UPEI campus (7:00 pm) in honour of Earth Day 2018.
The film will be introduced by Eliza Starchild Knockwood, who has recently released her own film about water protectors – TheWater Protectors Journey – Along the Sipekne’katik River. (Since the fall of 2016 Mi’kmaq Water Protectors, supported by non-Indigenous allies, set up a treaty truck house along the banks of the Sipekne’katik River near the Alton Gas brine-dumping site.)
More about Sacred Water, Standing Rock:
The people of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation of North and South Dakota are fighting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland. The pipeline would snake its way across four states, bisecting sacred Indigenous sites and burial grounds along the route.
The 45-minute film was shot towards the beginning of the Standing Rock protests in 2016, and ends just as new protestors and allies join them, responding to desperate social media calls for support. It is a moving examination of a protest movement on the brink of gaining international attention.
Monday, April 23 at 7:00 pm
Duffy Amphitheatre, UPEI Campus
Admission by Donation
Hosted by: the UPEI Aboriginal Student Association, Sierra Club PEI, Cinema Politica Charlottetown and the UPEI Environmental Society