KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – This weekend we feature In the shadow of the dam, APTN’s brand new and excellent documentary on the indigenous resistance to the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador.
Protests, hunger strikes, financial scandals and spectacular cost overruns, the arrest of Independent.ca journalist Justin Brake, and an occupation by land defenders briefly made headlines, then most national and Nova Scotia news media mostly stopped paying attention after the province and Nalcor, the Crown corporation in charge of the project, promised to address the issues.
Turns out those promises weren’t quite what they were cracked up to be at the time.
This documentary by APTN investigative journalist Trina Roache puts it all in perspective. It talks about the continuing risks of methylmercury accumulation downstream from the Muskrat Falls development, and what that will do to the food chain and the traditional ways of the Indigenous peoples who live there.
As well, we meet many of the land defenders who went to jail for what they believe in, and others still caught up in the Court system.
For Nova Scotians, especially progressive Nova Scotians who care about things like reconciliation and indigenous rights, all this is extremely relevant. The so called ‘clean power’ generated in far away Labrador will be delivered to Nova Scotia via the Maritime Link, and this makes the destruction wrought by Muskrat Falls, the heavy handed policing, the trampling of indigenous rights and the poisoning of entire communities very much our problem.
You can’t condemn environmental racism and violation of Indigenous rights in Nova Scotia, and remain silent on what’s happening in Labrador right now. It’s that simple.
Check out our coverage of Muskrat Falls here.
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