"In this program, we explore the concept of sustainability in regards to Canada's forests which cover over half of our landmass. We begin with a look at the history of deforestation practices and the impact this has had on biodiversity and habitats. Traditional industrial forest practices have also had a detrimental impact on local and aboriginal communities. Various examples are provided from First Nation communities across the country. The program also highlights the newer approaches to forest management in Canada. Initiatives by government organizations, the Aboriginal Forestry Initiative, and various local groups now work at saving and sustainably managing our forests. Moving forward, we need to decide what role forests play in our economy, our biosphere and our culture. We need to find a solution that balances economic needs with environmental needs. This program provides an excellent introduction to the topics of sustainability, the critical role forests play in the carbon cycle and climate change, and the importance of forests in our cultural, spiritual and physical health."
"This program looks at the state of water in Canada, a natural resource that is often taken for granted. Our waterways are unique, complex and interconnected systems that sustain life, yet we continually mistreat this natural resource that is vital to survival. Pollution from oil spills, salt runoff, agriculture, heavy metals and sewage is the most significant threat to aquatic ecosystems and water sources in this country. Other problems such as hydraulic fracking, the bottled water industry, development, the use of microplastics and invasive species also take their toll on the watershed. Access to sufficient, affordable, and safe drinking water is easy for most Canadians, but this is not true for many First Nations indigenous persons. In stark contrast, the water supplied to many First Nations communities is contaminated, hard to access, or at risk due to faulty treatment systems. Members of Grassy Narrows First Nations, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and the community of Kashechewan are just a few of the 94 First Nations communities in Canada that have boil-water advisories. To build resilient environments, healthy communities and economies for the future, we need to ensure there is enough healthy water flowing in our lakes and rivers for nature’s needs."