Standing on Sacred Ground: Profit and Loss

Christopher McLeod | 2013 | 56 min.

2014 Official Selection

Award Winner: 2014 John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award

From Papua New Guinea’s rainforests to Canada’s tar sands, extractive industry threatens native peoples’ health, livelihood and cultural survival. In PNG, a Chinese-government owned nickel mine has violently relocated villagers to taboo land and is dumping mining waste into the sea. In Alberta, First Nations people suffer from rare cancers as their traditional hunting grounds are stripmined to unearth the world’s third-largest oil reserve. Indigenous elders and activists confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.