Power to the People

The Indigenous Path to our Post Carbon Future.

Power to the People is a television documentary series exploring how Indigenous people, values and wisdom are guiding the way to a sustainable, clean energy future. In each episode you’ll visit an Indigenous community, explore the inspired energy initiatives they are developing, and see how they’re empowering themselves and their way of life.

Host Melina Laboucan Massimo

Meet the Host

Power to the People is hosted by Melina Laboucan-Massimo.

As a member of the Lubicon Lake Cree Nation in northern Alberta, Melina Laboucan-Massimo saw the effects of oil and gas development on her traditional territory and decided to be a force for change.

After a decade as a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada, Melina was appointed the first Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change fellow by the David Suzuki Foundation in 2017 where she researched how Indigenous communities can make meaningful contributions to sustainable climate solutions. Today she is one of Canada’s leading voices on climate change, a rising star in the international environmental movement, and a much sought after speaker on the future of alternative energy.

Now Melina brings her passion and curiosity to Power to the People, where she is using her unique background and cultural insights to help us interpret the science, and understand how new renewable energy and sustainability initiatives can take us all one step further along the path to a post carbon future.

The Producers

RealWorld Media Inc. is a Vancouver based production company with award winning international experience creating Indigenous inspired TV and Web content about the environment and the future of our planet.

Production Credits

Produced, Written. and Directed By
Denis Paquette & Carmen Henriquez
Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Supervising Editor
Carmen Henriquez
Javier Aparisi
Garth Dyke
Denis Paquette
Carmen Henriquez
Production Manager
Kim Kaufmann
Additional Camera & Drone
Javier Aparisi
Still Photography
Carmen Henriquez
Music Composer
Doug Johnson
Post Production Assistant
Diego De La Torre
Audio Post Production
Parlante Sound Inc. / Pleasant Sound Media Ltd.
Sound Supervisor & Re-Recording Mixer
Humberto Corte / Eugenio Battaglia
Narration Sound Recordist (English and Cree)
Diego De La Torre
Dialogue Editor
Miguel Araujo / Ireri Barron
SFX Editor
Javier Ivan Perez / Alex Lara
Brand, Animation & Graphic Design
Victoria Manica
The Design Foundation
Digital Strategy, Design, and Development
Denman Digital
Colour Grading
Dave Roman
The Colour Closet
HD Mastering
24 Frames Digital Films
Cree Translation
Darlene Willier
Lillian Whitehead
Cree Voice Talent
Ray Thunderchild
Darlene Willier
Melvina Albert
Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Editorial Trainees
Reed Kierce
Michael Morin
Wardrobe & Hair Consultant
Carey Williams
Kim Kaufmann
Production Accountant
Irene Sternitzke, CGA
Legal Consul
Nathaniel Lyman
Chandler Fogden Aldous
Closed Captioning and Transcription
Descriptive Video
Descriptive Video Works

Our Supporters

Power to the People has formed a special partnership with The Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, a national collaborative platform that advances clean energy economic development; and expressly ‘walks the talk’ of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities.