Coming soon: bibliography database!

We are very excited to soon be launching a database of publications, reports, and other helpful documents about hydroelectric dam impacts and resistance efforts. Below are an assortment of readings for now. If you have a document you would like to submit, please email or fill out the contact form here

Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro-Impacted Communities has a list of recommended research papers and articles available here. This list includes:

  • “Non-Indigenous involvement in Indigenous Performance Arts: A starting Point for Reconciliation?” By Emily Henderson 
  • “Implications of Hydroelectric Partnerships in Northern Manitoba: Do Partnership Agreements Provide Social Licence?” By Joseph Dipple
  • “Failed Partnership to Future Partnership: An Examination of Social Impacts Moving from Institutional Failure to Partner with Indigenous Communities to a New Model of Partnership” By Erin Yaremko 
  • “Developing Dispossession: Infrastructure, Cultural Production and Legal Disclosure in Treaty 3” By Caolan Barr
  • “Learning the Language of the River: Understanding Indigenous Water Governance with O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, Northern Manitoba, Canada” By Asfia Gulrukh Kamal, Joseph Dipple, Steve Ducharme, Leslie Dysart
  • “The Keeyask Hydro Dam Plan in Northern Canada: A Model for Inclusive Indigenous Development” By Melanie O’Gorman and Jerry Buckland
  • “”Where the Otters Play,” “Horseshoe Bay,” “Footprint” and Beyond: Spatial and Temporal Considerations of Hydroelectric Energy Production in Northern Manitoba” By Ramona Neckoway 
  • “National Energy Board (NEB) Hearings” By Stephane McLachlan, David Scott, Aimée Craft and Ramona Neckoway

Additional reading recommendations from the network: 



Impacts & Issues of Dams

Despite the claims by politicians and industry actors that hydro is “clean and green”, hydroelectric dam development has countless environmental, social, economic, and political impacts on communities around the world. These are complex, interconnected issues and stories that go beyond the brief summary described below. Therefore, these summaries are intended to provide a brief glimpse of the many challenges communities face, with links to  our publication database for further reading. Learning and knowing these stories can help decommission existing dams, stop future ones, and lead to energy sovereignty. We encourage you to read and share the documents included in the database, read the first hand stories, and visit our campaigns page to get involved in resistance efforts to stop dams around the world.