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Darryl Whetter

Darryl Whetter is the author of four books of fiction and two poetry collections. A Canadian, he is the inaugural director of the new Creative Writing program at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. His climate-crisis novel Our Sands is published by Penguin in Southeast Asia and India but, well, American rights are still available.

Tar Sands and Genocide

In—and I don’t use the term lightly—a genocidal example of geography becoming our climate-change destiny, the deep-throated Athabasca River flows north, not south. In every Canadian province and territory, north means native, with the urban population thinning out and the proportion of First Nations residents rising. Bile duct cancers also rose among the Fort Chipewyan First Nations residents who live north and downriver from the notoriously water-intensive petroleum “upgrading” facilities around Fort Mac.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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