Segments in this Video

Bounded by Industry (02:25)


Learn the geography of Chemical Valley and the Aamjiwnaang Native Reserve and Sarnia communities.

Endocrine Disruption (03:42)

Learn about all the chemicals that were used and created in the plants surrounding the Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia communities. The first concern that surfaced was the birth ratio of boys to girls.

Body Mapping (02:21)

Ada Lockridge explains the data being collected from local residents.

Results (02:05)

Lockridge walks through the results of the body mapping data. Hormonal disruption can have a profound effect on health problems that will show up later in life.

Animals Affected (04:16)

Sharren Fisher walks along the toxic river where animals drink because they do not know better. Graphic images of frozen, deformed puppies.

Toxic (03:29)

Catherine Creber, Remediation Leader for Dow Canada, describes the chemicals used on site and the bioremediation methods used to clean up the river.

Balance (03:45)

Lockridge finds an air quality monitoring station. Scott Munro and Rick Van Hemmen describe the collaborative way that the industry is working to clean up the area.

Environmental Community Meeting (03:22)

The Sarnia community has the highest rate of pollution related deaths in Ontario. Learn about the many health issues that occur in the community. View footage as the community members seek answers and action.

Reflection (02:19)

Community members who worked in the nearby industries share their stories of death and disease.

Trading Livelihood for Health (02:37)

Community Advocate Sandra Kinart shares her personal experiences with illness and death in the community.

The Next Generation (03:19)

View footage of Kinart and others speaking at a town hall meeting. Local residents talk about the high level of reproductive issues among women in the community.

Water (03:52)

Aamjiwnaang First Nation believes that water has a living spirit. View footage of the baptism of Mary Joseph, who is battling cancer.

Hazardous Spills (03:27)

Residents recall experiencing toxic spills in the area. Some consider leaving the area.

Blockade (03:50)

The community stood up to Suncor, which resulted in a different location for an ethanol plant. Listen to community members and industry workers discuss the issue.

Creating Change (03:46)

Community members and government officials discuss the efficacy of different ways to create change.

Sarnia (01:21)

The environment and economy need to be able to work in harmony. This well-loved community's problem is also about every other industrial city in the country.

Screening (04:19)

Filmmaker Pamela Calvert shows the documentary to the residents. View the round table discussion after the screening.

Credits: The Beloved Community (02:18)

Credits: The Beloved Community (Includes footage of the Santa Claus of Sarnia)

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This case study of First Nation people in Ontario, Canada illustrates how a Great Lakes oil town is facing a toxic legacy head-on. The nerve center of Canada’s petrochemical industry, Sarnia once enjoyed the highest standard of living in the country, but now it is a compromised environment with a devastating community health crisis. The city has already lost a generation of men to workplace-related cancers. Now their widows and daughters are discovering a reproductive time-bomb; because of their own exposure to a cluster of hormone-mimicking chemicals called "endocrine disruptors," the next generation may be at risk. (57 minutes)

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL57859

Copyright date: ©2006

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