NunatuKavut makes case in Court of Appeal

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Two days have been set aside for the NunatuKavut Community Council's appeal to an injunction keeping its members at least 50 metres from the Muskrat Falls construction site in Labrador.

The hearings, before a trio of judges, began today at the Newfoundland Supreme Court of Appeal in St. John's.

The NunatuKavut Community Council is seeking to have the injunction thrown out.

NunatuKavut president Todd Russell and Nalcor Energy vice president Gilbert Bennett were both present in the courtroom as hearings began at about 10:15 a.m.

Russell was arrested by the RCMP while protesting the Muskrat Falls development along with other NunatuKavut Community Council members earlier this year.

The group asserts aboriginal rights as Inuit and Inuit-Metis descendants in Central and Southern Labrador. The group does not have a recognized lands claim with the provincial or federal governments.

Crown corporation Nalcor Energy has maintained the NunatuKavut Community Council has been fairly consulted while the project has developed.

The injunction restricting access to the project site is in place for safety reasons, Bennett has said, considering construction underway, heavy equipment in use and Nalcor's own safety policies.

"We prefer negotiation — meaningful negotiation — and we've requested it time and time again to no avail. When we demonstrate on our traditional territory, we are slapped with an unprecedented lawsuit that has the effect of permanently prohibiting and extinguishing our rights and title to that land," Russell said, in a written statement issued prior to the start of hearings.

Organizations: St. John's.The NunatuKavut Community Council, Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland Supreme Court RCMP

Geographic location: Central and Southern Labrador

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  • H Jefford
    September 11, 2013 - 23:49

    The Muskrat falls when built will be one of the cleanest, safest source of power in the world, The oil fired generating plant in Holy Rood conception Bay is listed in the top 10 air polluters in the WORLD, It burns Millions of Barrels of Crude Oil each year, To BE listed IN the TOP 10, Check It Out On Line. Canada Has 10+Atomic generators Like the one that caused all the problems in Europe a few years ago , One of them is in Quebec, you can also check that out on line ! Churchill Falls and Muskrat Falls Is and would be The CLEANEST CHEAPEST AND SAFEST SOURCE OF POWER IN THE WORLD.

  • H Jefford
    September 11, 2013 - 23:29

    I went to Churchill Falls with the accounts manager of CFELCO. many years ago to view a D8 Cat Dozer, and a 988 cat loader and other Equipment that they had on tender for sale. when we got off the CFElco. jet and drove to an office building, I asked Bill where Churchill Falls Hydro Was, that is when we got into an elevator and went down into the Generating area when we walked into a large room 100 + feet long cut out of solid rock with Meters and equipment all over the walls that was cot out of solid rock, To dream it up? had to be something from another world, What was built! The news or Tv producers need to show the world what was built all under ground, up top is just an office building , When I got there I said to Bill Where is Churchill Falls then we got into an Elevator And Went Under Ground, AMAZING WHAT WAS BUILT, All cut out of solid rock, The TV NEWS Should do a program on the Mighty Churchill Falls to Show what was built out of solid rock.