NunatuKavut Community Council holding protest today at gate to Muskrat Falls construction site

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A work camp set up on the southern side of Muskrat Falls. — Photo courtesy of NunatuKavut Community Council

Members of the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) announced today they are gathering in protest in front the gate that prohibits access to the construction site of the proposed Muskrat Falls hydroelectric development project.

The NCC says the provincial government and Nalcor Energy is continuing to mislead the people of the province and is ignore moral and legal obligations to the people of NunatuKavut.

“They just disclosed to us and all the people of the province that they have spent $30 million on so called ‘preliminary’ work as if it was nothing,” NCC president Todd Russell said in a news release.

“They deny our people access to our traditional lands and continue to trample on our rights.”

Russell said a gate and 24-hour security guards prevent NCC members from accessing land that has been used for generations.

He said while government and Nalcor persist with activity on the ground, NCC members will do the same to protect their land, resources and aboriginal rights.

“We have said weeks ago that we can move when we want, at a drop of a hat. We have done it before, and we are doing it again today,” Russell said. “This is just another action of many to come from NCC.”

Organizations: NCC, Nalcor Energy

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  • roy
    October 10, 2012 - 16:00

    Their rights their land, its all about money. Who owns the land all newfoundlanders occupy. Do i own the land i have built my home on, do i have the right to hunt and fish or is it ownede by the inuit or metis or whom ever maybe it would if it contained minerals etc. There are no Beothic left so do the Mickmac own it or their decendants

  • Tim Jamison
    October 10, 2012 - 14:32

    "muskrat falls construction site". That has such a nice ring to it. We voted in a majority PC gov't and now we're going to get the stable-priced electricity and the jobs we voted for, liberal pitchfork mob be damned. Great work, Kathy

  • Ruby Lethbridge
    October 10, 2012 - 12:03

    Looks like they are afraid. Circled the wagons to protect themselves from the natives. Like an old west movie where the West was Lost. I've never seen construction sites set up like this before. This is rape and pillage on land that is owned by others.

  • Concerned
    October 10, 2012 - 11:50

    Keep up the cause, Dunderdale is doing what she likes. She is determined to push this through. I hope the people of this Province rallies against her and her clowns.

  • Marilyn Pardy-Hynes
    October 10, 2012 - 09:53

    Good to see that someone or some group is attempting to challenge gov't & Nalcor! They have not been able to justify this project! If it is such a good project, it should EASILY SELL itself!