Brad Cabana is taking his fight to have the plug pulled on the multibillion-dollar Muskrat Falls hydroelectric development in Labrador to new depths.
At the bottom of Muskrat Falls, Cabana says, is a German U-boat from the Second World War on which all sailors are thought to have died due to an explosion.
He wants the site declared a war grave.
Cabana, who failed this summer in his legal attempts to have the courts shut down the Muskrat Falls project, sent an email to media with photos attached that apparently show the rusted wreck at the bottom of the falls.
A few years ago, Brian Corbin, who was involved in a search for three men lost over the falls, discovered the wreck while using side-scanning sonar.
Cabana says he contacted Corbin for information about the wreck. Cabana attached a number of photos to his email that he says show parts of the wreck.
Through the courts, and representing himself, Cabana had claimed a number of points to shut down the project including that the project denied his rights under the Canadian Charter as the province failed to hold a provincewide referendum on the matter and government's decision to proceed would impair his economic well-being. He also claimed it was discriminatory to give the Innu Nation the right to vote on the project but not the general population.
He was denied the court order on all points. He plans to appeal the case.
In the meantime, he says he will pursue the action to have the area surrounding the U-boat wreck declared a war gravesite.
An email from the provincial government stated that government has not undertaken any initiative of its own to investigate the possibility of a sunken submarine being in the Churchill River.
The email noted that an individual from the private sector did undertake some exploration work in 2012 and conferred with the Provincial Archaeology Office during the exploration. That investigation did not result in a positive identification.