Treading Water
Lake St. Martin in focus ⬿

Treading Water

Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees
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March 29, 2015

Treading Water is a deeply intimate look at the little known story of Lake St. Martin First Nation.

Located in the Interlake region of Manitoba, Canada, the Anishinaabe community was forced to abandon its territory in 2011, after the Manitoba government decided to intentionally flood the reserve in order spare the people of Winnipeg and other non-indigenous urban populations the burden of dealing with future flood waters. It was the first case of forced displacement that Canada had seen in decades–and almost no one knew it was happening until it was too late.

Three years later (as of 2014, when this film was produced), the people of Lake St. Martin now find themselves neck deep in the waters of displacement. While the Manitoba government sits around and talks, the community is forced to content with an unprecedented rise in substance abuse and suicide rates.

Treading Water

Written & Directed by Janelle Wookey & Jérémie Wookey

Produced by Janelle Wookey (Wookey Films), Jocelyn Mitchell & Jeff Newman (Nüman Films)

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