Kidder has been in the news in recent years for being among a number of high profile people who loudly protested the expansion of the oil sands and fracking. She was even arrested during a Keystone Pipeline demonstration at the White House in 2011. As a self-confessed political activist, some of these more recent actions speaks to how she imagines the North and the need for the landscape to be protected.
"As a kid in my 20s or 30s, when I was in L.A. I had this image in my mind of the Canadian North and the Northwest Territories as this place of purity that somehow one could go back to if things got too ugly," she said. "Now they are going to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, which is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
"I remember when I was in London shooting Superman and the (Soviet Cosmos 954) satellite went down in the Northwest Territories. The London Times called it a vast and snowy wasteland inhabited by hunters and trappers. I remember going, 'No it's not!'"
She admits her early memories of Yellowknife are sparse because she was very young when the family moved on, around 1952. She still keeps a scrapbook of detailed letters written by her mother, which she says give a good history of the times because they describe when the miners got paid, their heavy drinking habits and how most lived in tents.