Published on Feb 1, 2015
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is one of the 4 key people featured in the documentary Film “The Condor & The Eagle”. Melina grew up in a small northern isolated Cree community in Canada’s tar sands region that got hit by an oil leak which polluted their territory. Melina travels throughout the world in order to alert the public and raise awareness to the disastrous consequences of the tar sands mega projects and the associated existing and planned pipeline routes.
Her sister got murdered only a year ago. Beside her environmental work, Melina got involved into denouncing Canadian government’s apathy towards the massive number of missing and murdered Indigenous women. “Violence against Mother Earth is violence against women, the two are inextricably linked” says Melina.
“The Condor & The Eagle” weaves together the story of 4 individuals (2 from the U.S. & 2 from Canada – 3 women and 1 man) who in their way take a stand against corporate pollution, organizing communities where they live. Each person is involved in the fights against the tar sands (Northern Gateway pipeline, KXL pipeline, Houston refineries, oil tankers.) In 2015, they will travel to South America’s Amazon Rain Forest to meet Indigenous communities impacted by similar extractive industries.