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Northern Saskatchewan produces the majority of Canada’s wild rice.
"Wild rice is particular about where, when, and how it grows. “We’re very susceptible to high water...If it comes up at a certain time of the year, it drowns the wild rice. In the past, heavy rains and high water would cause damage one year out of every five, on average. “It’s more like two years out of five now [that] we have problems with the higher water flooding, with the water coming up in our lakes.”
Community participation stifled as industry expands in northern Saskatchewan
The uranium industry is rapidly expanding its sphere of control in northern Saskatchewan, and the impacts of its widening footprint aren’t limited to the lands and waters.
Residents of affected communities are speaking out against an increasing corporate influence that is altering local governance and diminishing opportunities for critical public participation.
August 28th marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when 250,000 people gathered to hear Martin Luther King Jr. give his historic “I have a dream” speech. This event was a turning point in the long struggle for civil rights for Afro-Americans who grew up in the aftermath of slavery. And it marked a turning point in politics both in Canada and abroad.