The Truth About The GGW Story

Green Green Water Story:

How many attempts did Manitoba Hydro make to ensure that the truth was portrayed in the Green Green Water film?

Many.

  • On learning about the proposed film, Manitoba Hydro wrote the filmmaker to:
    • Express willingness to 'discuss how we could cooperate with your project ... and assist you in telling a truthful story'.
    • Express concerns 'about the obvious biased viewpoints inherent to date' in the project, noting her project fails to accurately represent the range of views about hydropower development among Manitoba Cree Nations.
    • Provide factual clarifications about hydropower development in Manitoba.
    • Encourage her to contact Manitoba Hydro 'to discuss how we can cooperate in a documentary that accurately presents an informed and current picture of hydroelectric development and First Nations in Manitoba.'-- June 30, 2004 letter from Glenn Schneider, Division Manager, Public Affairs, Manitoba Hydro to Ms Dawn Mikkelson, Producer, 'Green Green Water.'
  • Manitoba Hydro again questions 'the fairness' of the film maker's in view of her relationship with ME3's Just Energy Campaign and their opposition to hydro development.-- August 4, 2004 letter from Glenn Schneider, Division Manager, Public Affairs, Manitoba Hydro, to Dawn Mikkelson, Producer, 'Green Green Water.'
  • Manitoba Hydro agrees to be interviewed for the film. 'While we have significant reservations, on the whole, our feeling is that it is better to participate in your production and provide you with some other perspectives than not' -- August 10, 2004 email from Glenn Schneider, Division Manager, Public Affairs, Manitoba Hydro, to Dawn Mikkelson, Producer, 'Green Green Water.'
  • Manitoba Hydro provides feedback on rough cut of the film and encourages Mikkelson to 'work to improve the film's balance and maintain your previously stated commitment to ensure that people are portrayed in the most accurate light.'

    Again expressing concern about the film's fairness and accuracy, Manitoba Hydro points out there is no mention of the complex social issues affecting First Nations in Canada, implying that Manitoba Hydro is unduly responsible for causing the problems facing many First Nations. In addition to numerous factual errors, there is also virtually no mention of Manitoba Hydro's substantial actions to address impacts of past developments within the Northern Flood Agreement communities, including Cross Lake. -- November 30, 2005 letter from Glenn Schneider, Division Manager, Public Affairs, Manitoba Hydro, to Dawn Mikkelson, Producer, 'Green Green Water.

  • View entire correspondence between Manitoba Hydro and Green Green Water Producer Dawn Mikkelson.