Indigenous activist James Whetung wants to fill Pigeon Lake with wild rice. The residents of the lake want to maintain recreational use. Stuck in the middle, acclaimed author Drew Hayden tries to understand both sides and find a compromise.
COTTAGERS & INDIANS follows Taylor on a cross-Canada exploration of the hotspots, historic conflicts, and peaceful co-existence that can occur when it comes to indigenous water and land rights.For guidance, he journeys to three iconic reserves: Shoal Lake 40, which has been on a boil water advisory since the 80’s, despite being turned into an island in order to run a viaduct to Winnipeg. Sauble Beach, a tourist haven on contested land. And Osoyoos, the richest reserve in Canada.