It revolves around the James Bay 2 Project, the diversion of the Rupert River to create electric power.
The Hydro-Quebec officials in the film would have us believe the project is creating green energy, 5) but the Rupert River, once loud with rushing waters, has been reduced to what one Cree person in the film describes as "a big lake?"
When the Cree leaders signed the New Agreement in 2002, they gave their consent to an environmental assessment and review process to be applied to the proposed EM-l-A & Rupert Diversion Project (see maps in HQ, 2004), which includes the partial diversion of the Rupert River northward to the Eastmain-1 reservoir and from there to existing generating stations at the La Grande complex via the La Grande River (HQ, 2004).
Along with several other Cree leaders, Mukash has been critical of the proposed project and favours the construction of wind turbines for energy production as an alternative to diverting the Rupert River (Bonspiel, 2004).
Second, a two-month timeframe to make a decision on the new deal was considered by many to be unreasonable and insufficient to fully understand the implications of diverting the Rupert River. Third, the GCC was criticized for its failure to acknowledge the emergence of a local opposition group, when GCC acknowledgement might have legitimized the group's stance on the Rupert River issue.
On September 29, he came upon a river on the east side of the bay which he named the Rupert River
in honour of Prince Rupert.
Not until Groseilliers and Radisson escorted English traders to the rich fur region in James Bay in 1668-69 was a post, called Charles Fort, actually constructed at the mouth of the Rupert River
. It was in fact the success of those two voyages that prompted the organizers to petition King Charles for the Charter he issued the following year.
These may include redirecting the Great Whale River southwards and the Rupert River
northwards so that both would flow into the La Grande River complex of dams and power stations, which lie between them on the east side of James Bay.
Waskaganish was especially concerned because the hydro project will reduce the Rupert River
, which flows past the community, to a trickle.
Concern runs high because Nemaska is just 40 kilometres south of one of the possible sites for the planned 350-square-kilo-metre reservoir on the Rupert River
. Some 1,500 to 1,700 workers would be housed at a camp just outside the community.
Hydro Quebec and industrialists aim to dam the Eastmain and Rupert rivers
to meet that demand.
When Quebec announced plans to proceed with "James Bay 2," involving the damming of the Grande Riviere de la Baleine (Great Whale River) and the diversion of two others into it--as well as a scheme to divert the Nottoway and Rupert rivers
into the Broadback--Club activists in Canada and the United States mobilized in opposition.