Protecting Canada's water. Empowering Canada's North.

Cold Amazon: The Mackenzie River Basin



Imagine a giant river, which connects all Canadians and helps control our climate, had something to say.

Here’s your chance to listen.

Narrated by celebrated northern journalist Paul Andrew, Cold Amazon tells the story of Canada’s massive Mackenzie River Basin. At 1.8 million sq. kilometres, covering three provinces and all three territories, the Mackenzie plays a significant environmental, economic and spiritual role that stretches far beyond its borders. This short documentary highlights the importance and vulnerability of the mighty watershed through the impassioned voices of those who rely on its health and work for its protection.

Directed by Yellowknife-based filmmakers Pablo Saravanja and Jay Bulckaert of aRTLeSS Collective, and written by journalist Tim Querengesser, this film will bring the Mackenzie closer to home for the many Canadians who may be unaware of its importance, or even its existence.

Watch Cold Amazon online here:

Cold Amazon: The Mackenzie River Basin from WDGF Channel on Vimeo.

Sincere thanks is extended to all those who made this film possible, and to those who shared your expertise and perspective, The Gordon Foundation is appreciative of your participation. Special thanks to: Adam Taylor Designs, Dianne Betsina, Big Cedar Films, Ecology North, Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories, Robert Shelto Douglas, Ryan Gregory, Davis Heslep, Jocelyn Joe-Strack, Stephen Kakfwi, Dr. Erin Kelly, Robert Kent, Steve Kokelj, Serge LeVavasseur, Living Lakes Network Canada, Julia Lynn, The Honourable Bob McLeod, The Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, Don Morin, Northwest Territories Film Commission, Francois Paulette, Parks Canada - Southwest NWT Field Unit, Ralph Pentland, Derreck Roemer, Bob Sandford, Dr. David Schindler, Slave Watershed Environmental Effects Program, Michelle Swallow, White Gold Productions Inc., Yellowknifer and Northern News Services.

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Cold Amazon Film Resources

Mackenzie River Basin Background Information

Watershed Resources