Thursday, April 26, 2012

ENTER THE QUEBEC INNU

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“A federal-provincial review panel 
concluded, after an environmental 
assessment that the project proposed 
by Nalcor Energy would have several 
significant adverse environmental 
effects on the aquatic and terrestrial
 environments, culture and heritage,”

QUEBEC INNU

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The Quebec Innu are hoping to have mores success at stopping the proposed Muskrat Falls Power Project than the Labrador NunatuKavut did.

The Innu of Ekuanitshit are headed to Federal Court in an attempt to reverse approval given by the federal government for the construction of new hydroelectric dams on the Lower Churchill River in Labrador.

At issue is the Goverernment's of Canada and NL controversial decision to ignore the he joint federal-provincial environmental review panel. The panel had called Nalcor Energy's analysis of the project "inadequate,"

The Quebec Innu hunt and fish in a wide swath of Labrador north of Romaine River in Quebec. They are concerned about the impact that  flooding to create a  60 kilometres reservoir will have on lands they have used ”since time immemorial”
Last year, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador  denied NunatuKavut’s application for an injunction against environmental hearings on the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric development. They filed the injunction arguing that the federal and provincial governments “breached their duty to consult with NunatuKavut” and asked the court to force the province to negotiate an impact benefits agreement with it, as the province did with the Labrador Innu.




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

These people were here first. They shared the abundant resources of the Churchill River, as was their Aboriginal Right. Yet today, when the aboriginals show concern towards a river that was once integral to their existence, they are rejected and ignored by the provincial and federal government who established a constitution to protect them.

Anonymous said...

All you continuously hear from the narrow minded people, who know little to nothing about Labrador, is how the NunatuKavut are just looking for their branch off the money tree. But perhaps to brush away a little prejudice from this group, all one has to do is open a book on Labrador history. If diversity is the cure for racism, one will find great irony in the fact that a large portion of Labrador history is based on early European settlers who married into Inuit and Innu families, producing a distinctly Metis generation. The Metis people assimilated the Aboriginal mother's traditions, practices and livelihood, while retaining a European father's language, religion and technology. The NunatuKavut, like their Inuit and Innu grandparents, trapped and hunted along the Churchill River.