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Victors and victims of the Berger report

The Story

Residents of Canada's North are bitterly polarized over the death of the pipeline. As Inuit leaders celebrate the Berger Report as a vindication of their rights, Métis and white businessmen are dismayed and outraged by the decision to delay construction of a pipeline. Every day they watch years of investment, employment and business go (so to speak) down the river.

Medium: Television
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: Sept. 26, 1977
Guests: Jim Allard, George Burnaby, Georges Erasmus, Agnes Semmler, Don Tetrault
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 12:48

Did You know?

• The word "Inuvik" means "place of the people" in Inuvialuktun, the language of the Inuvialuit Inuit who live in the region. The population of the town of Inuvik, N.W.T. rises and falls with the oil industry, peaking at about 4,000 in the mid-1970s. Today Inuvik is again growing, and the town overwhelmingly supports pipeline construction.

• In the decade following the Berger Inquiry energy prices dropped dramatically, and gas supplies exceeded demand. Though prices have risen again in recent years, the proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline of the 1970s would not have been as profitable as was expected.


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