Film screening: From icefields to oilfields

Christ Church Anglican hosts White Water, Black Gold film

The Christ Church Anglican Church in Hope will be having a screening of the award winning documentary, White Water, Black Gold on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Fraser and Park and the film will be shown in the church hall. There is no admission charge, although donations will be gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited but there is always standing room. There will be displays and informative material available.

White Water, Black Gold is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands.

As a mountaineer and hiking guide, Lavallee is on the front lines of climate change. Over the past 15 years he has worked in the Columbia Icefields of the Canadian Rockies, and has noticed profound changes in the mountains: climate change is rendering these landscapes unrecognizable.

When Lavallee discovers that his province is ramping up growth in an extremely water intensive industry downstream of his beloved icefields, he is surprised he knows so little about this industry. This necessitates a journey, from icefields to oilfields.

In the course of his journey he makes many discoveries, from new science that shows that water resources in an era of climate change will be increasingly scarce (putting this industry at risk), to First Nations people living downstream who are reportedly contracting bizarre cancers.