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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.”