Stephany Hildebrand

Photographer
  
Great River
Biography: Stephany Hildebrand is a photographer based on Haudenosaunee territory along the shores of the Upper St. Lawrence River. Her career as a photographer began in the studio of artist  Pascale Girardin where she photographed interior design and... MORE
Public Story
Great River
Copyright Stephany Hildebrand 2022
Updated Jul 2022
Location Cornwall Ontario
Topics Spotlight
Summary
The common narrative on the Upper St. Lawrence River once was, "You probably shouldn't swim in it." and "Don't eat the fish!". Within settler history, this region was a major hub for industries such as GM, Domtar, and Alcoa (among others). In the 80’s, a review of available data led the Canadian and American governments to designate Cornwall, Massena and Akwesasne as Areas of Concern (AOC) due to severe environmental abuses. With the closure of many of these industries the river is slowly healing but the legacy of industry continues to impact ecological and human health.

Up until recently, the common narrative on the Upper St. Lawrence River was, "You probably shouldn't swim in it." and "Don't eat the fish!". 


Within settler history, this region was a major hub for industries such as GM, Domtar, and Alcoa (among others). In the 80’s, a review of available data led the Canadian and American governments to designate Akwesasne, Cornwall, and Massena as Areas of Concern (AOC) due to severe environmental abuses. With the closure of many of these industries the river is slowly healing but the legacy of industry continues to impact ecological and human health. In an effort to uplift their work, I photograph local community members, advocacy groups and scientists who work tirelessly to improve the health of the river through different ways of knowing.

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