We hear now that a new mine in Labrador West cannot be built or operated if our Muskrat Falls is not turned into a hydro development. It is said that the province will lose thousands of jobs and billions in taxes and royalties and some of the province’s rich shareholders and CEOs will lose a great opportunity if our Muskrat Falls is not developed.
What of us, the people of the Lake Melville communities? We will lose a way of life if we tear out the heart of Labrador — that is, our large river and its forests in our Central Labrador river region.
Turning our Muskrat Falls into a hydro dam will destroy our river and surrounding river valley forever if this project should go ahead. If this should happen, our fish in Lake Melville will no longer be safe to eat.
Lake Melville is also the largest pupping area in all of Northern Canada for the ring seals (jars), and these seals eat fish on our lake.
If we can never eat fish or seals from the waters of our lake again, then to us this proposed project is not worth all of the money and jobs in the world. I, like most in our Lake Melville communities, do not want to lose our way of life.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay