"When the pump house runs out of water so does the school." -- Lubicon youth talk about their lives in a video called "Our Water."
The situation of the Lubicon Cree is one of the best known - and most notorious - examples of the violation of Indigenous land rights in Canada. For more than two decades, United Nations human rights bodies have been urging Canada to protect Lubicon rights in the face of massive oil and gas development on their lands.
Last year, youth from the community told Amnesty International they wanted to chance to tell their own stories. So we asked Jaro Malanowski, an Edmonton filmmaker with long experience working with First Nations youth, to lead a workshop at the school in Little Buffalo.
Around a dozen Lubicon youth signed up for the training. But the workshop nearly didn't happen. On the first day in the community, our meeting with the students had to be postponed because the school had no water and had to be closed.
The Lubicon school, like the homes, depends on water trucked into the community. The school was closed 22 days last year because it ran out of water.