Rafting with the Cree

For 5,000 years, nomadic Cree natives have wandered along Canada’s Great Whale River, a subarctic land of rolling hills, peat bogs and spruce the call “The Garden.” Although they have more recently settled in a village on James Bay, th Cree still subsist largely on game animals. The construction of Hydro-Quebec’s proposed Phase II dam in the Great Whale River would wipe out not only their food sources, but their lifestyles, history and ancestral home. “As long as the land is intact our culture is intact…When we say the land is our life, the developers don’t understand this,” explains former chief Robbie Dick.