In April 2011, Manitoba experienced a one in 350-year flood – unprecedented water levels were intentionally diverted through the Fairford Dam to Lake St. Martin.
As a result, First Nation communities in the area were swamped and 2,100 people were forced from their homes into hotels and temporary housing units. This is still largely the case today.
Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees looks at the issue.
I spoke with the film’s producer, writer and director, Janelle Wookey. This interview first played on People of Interest on CKUW on Aug. 19.
The documentary was produced by Wookey Productions and Nüman Films and first aired on CBC on Aug. 23. Here is the film’s trailer: