Silver Donald Cameron

Welcome to Silver Donald Cameron’s blog! Dr Cameron is the author of 19 books and of many plays, films, magazine articles, radio and TV scripts. He is currently the host and executive producer of and of its feature documentary, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. In 2019, he was appointed the first Farley Mowat Chair in Environment at Cape Breton University, where he earlier served as professor, dean and writer-in-residence. He currently teaches an on-campus/online course called Green Rights.

Atlantic Credit Unions to Sponsor Green Rights Tour!

I’m delighted to report that  the Atlantic Credit Unions will sponsor the Maritimes Green Rights tour that begins next Friday.

It’s a beautiful alliance. Green Rights is about enabling citizens to take responsibility for their own habitat; the credit union movement is about enabling citizens to take responsibility for their own financial lives. Both are about empowerment, and about real democracy.

And for me this new relationship feels something like a homecoming. I joined what was then a tiny local credit union more than 40 years ago, served on its Board, became a delegate to annual credit union conferences, and did some writing and teaching for the Credit Union Centrals of all three Maritime provinces.

Credit unions are essentially co-operatives working in the financial services field — and the co-op movement is a major resource in our struggle to create a fair and sustainable future society. And if you’re a co-owner of your financial institution, you can have a real influence in the investment choices it makes, and the ways it helps to shape your own community. That’s why credit unions have always been leaders and innovators.

I’m simply delighted that we’ve been able to create this fresh and mutually-supportive relationship, and I look forward eagerly to working with credit union people on the tour.

And now, some other news…

Defenders of the Dawn airs again

Two years ago this month, CBC Atlantic broadcast our 45-minute show, Defenders of the Dawn: Green Rights in the Maritimes. The show, which is part of our Green Rights multi-media project  ran on the Saturday night of the Labour Day weekend. Those who saw it were enthusiastic, but not many people watched it.

Next week Defenders of the Dawn will be shown on Telile TV, a.k.a. CIMC-TV in Arichat, NS, one of only nine independent low-powered community TV stations in Canada. You can pick up Telile’s signal off the air on Channel 10 in Isle Madame, where I live, or on these cable channels:

  • Channel 536 on Bell Satellite
  • Channel 17 on Bell FibreOp
  • Channel 4 on Eastlink (in Cape Breton)
  • Channel 63 on Seaside (in Cape Breton)

Telile will air the show on Tuesday at 2:00pm; on Wednesday at 9:00 am and after Telile Bingo that evening; on Thursday at 12:30 pm; on Friday at 6:00 pm and on Sunday at 7:00 pm.

In preparation for the screening, Telile’s programming manager, Angele Richard, did an excellent 47-minute interview with me. Telile Talks with Silver Donald Cameron is already up and streaming on the Telile site,

Green Rights DVD

In other news, DVDs of the 67-minute Green Rights feature documentary is now available through the online store at The price is $19.95 for personal use, $149.00 for library and institutional use. Ask your library to order it, which helps us considerably – and then you can promote it to all your friends.

Farewell, Twyla

Finally, a sad note. When we were making our Salmon Wars documentary ( we needed some footage from British Columbia.

We got in touch with a young filmmaker named Twyla Roscovich, who made a fine film about salmon farming called Salmon Confidential, and she simply gave us the footage. In her view, we were all on the same team, and whenever we could, we should help one another out.

On September 12, Twyla went missing near Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island; on September 16, she was found dead. She was 38, and leaves a four-year-old daughter. Everyone associated with Salmon Wars is deeply shocked and saddened. We cannot afford to lose people like that.