Three formative visits to the wilderness of the Canadian Subarctic alert Li An Phoa to the global urgency of river ecology degradation. On her first visit, she joins a canoe protest against a proposed hydroelectric project within the territory of the Indigenous Cree people. Their Rupert River is undammed, truly wild, and drinkable. As a European reader, I am transported to a fluvial world that feels as if it is on the precipice of unbeing. Phoa’s Cree companions impart a perspective that will come to shape her worldview – best summarised by their word for all living beings, regardless of species, ...


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