Profit and Loss
Indigenous Peoples • 56m
Directed by Christopher McLeod • Documentary • 2014 • 57 minutes
From New Guinean rainforests to Canada's tar sands, PROFIT AND LOSS exposes industrial threats to native peoples' health, livelihood and cultural survival. In Papua New Guinea, a Chinese-government owned nickel mine has violently relocated villagers to a taboo sacred mountain, built a new pipeline and refinery on contested clan 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 people tell their own stories-and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption.
Featuring Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Satish Kumar and activist Clayton Thomas-Muller (Cree).
PROFIT AND LOSS is one part of the 4-part Standing on Sacred Ground series, in which indigenous people from eight different cultures stand up for their traditional sacred lands in defense of cultural survival, human rights and the environment.
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