THIS POWERFUL PLACE airs Thursday, November 16th at 9.pm. on the CBC radio program Ideas. It's the story of a clash of world views over a piece of land that Aboriginal and corporate cultures consider valuable.... for different reasons.
Jody Porter, CBC Radio reporter in Thunder Bay and former Wawatay News editor, produced this special one hour documentary. In her own words she describes the show as follows ...
This Powerful Place is about a dispute over High Falls near Beardmore Ontario, back in the early 1990s.
First Nations people in the area (mostly Poplar Point Ojibway Nation) protested when they learned a hydro dam was going to be built at the falls.
But the development went ahead.
In the process, the remains of a 400 year old medicine man were unearthed. The project halted for a brief time so the archeology could be done. The white people thought if they just re-buried the bones somewhere else it would solve the 'problem' of the land being sacred to the Ojibway people.