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‘You do not treat Mother Earth this way’

The Story

Clearcutting in the forests of Meadow Lake, Sask., has the Native community divided. Native protesters say logging destroys hunting and trapping areas. Leaders of the nine bands argue that local people should control the logging operation, giving them the power to balance environmental and economic development. But environmentalist David Suzuki doesn't want to hear about it, joining protesters at a blockade outside the forest. "You do not treat Mother Earth this way," shouts a defiant Suzuki in this CBC Television clip.

Medium: Television
Program: Newshour
Broadcast Date: July 13, 1992
Guest: David Suzuki
Reporter: Marc Genuist
Duration: 1:48

Did You know?

• When contacted in 2003 by CBC Archives, reporter Marc Genuist reflected on David Suzuki's involvement at Meadow Lake: "He didn't seem well-informed. I don't know why, but I got the impression that he didn't really look into the issues, and seemed more interested in just getting his name out there. I think he had heard about it in the news and flew in to lend his support to the protesters, but the natives who held the logging rights really didn't want him there."


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