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James Bay Project: Cree gain powerful allies in New York

The Story

Fearing further environmental damage, the James Bay Cree launch a massive campaign in the late 1980s to stop the Great Whale Project. They attract powerful allies among environmental groups and native rights supporters. The Cree take their fight to New York State -- a major buyer of Quebec power -- where they gain attention and sympathy. Their cause is also aided by a growing emphasis on energy conservation in the state which is reducing its power needs.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Aug. 8, 1991
Guests: Mario Cuomo, Jeff Wollock
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Neil MacDonald
Duration: 2:37

Did You know?

• In 1991 an environmental lobby group allied with the Cree placed a full-page ad in the New York Times that featured a large photograph of a drowned herd of 10,000 caribou that had been overtaken by water released from a James Bay dam in 1984.



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