Shortlist, As Long as the Sun Shines by Ian Willms
"As Long as the Sun Shines looks at how the world’s largest and most destructive industrial project (Canada’s oil sands development) is impacting Indigenous communities - but it’s also about much more than that. This project zooms in on the daily, intimate destruction taking place in the shadow of an industry large enough to be seen from space. Intense forest fires, driven by climate change, bring challenges never before seen. Rare cancers, birth defects, lupus and other ailments occur in Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay at alarmingly high rates. In Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, locals describe this process as a ‘slow-motion cultural genocide.’ After decades of advocacy, these communities have yet to receive a comprehensive public health study that’s free of industry influence. Meanwhile, people are dying, slowly, quietly, behind closed doors."