Environment Media release Racism

Press Conference and information picket against Muskrat Falls and other mega–hydro, St. John, NB

For immediate Release September 6, 2019 

Indigenous land and water protectors and their allies north and south of the border will be gathering in Saint John, New Brunswick next Monday, Sept 9th to protest the impacts of mega hydro on rivers and communities. The protest coincides with the start of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference, where more dams and transmission corridors are on the agenda. 

Speakers at the press conference include: Marjorie Flowers, Inuit of Nunatsiavut (Rigolet and Happy Valley-Goose Bay) arrested and jailed for protesting Muskrat Falls megadam, Eldred Davis, Inuit Elder of NunatuKavut, arrested and jailed, most recently for breaking an injunction to take part in a ceremony on the Muskrat Falls construction site, and Rita Monias, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, Manitoba, Member of Wa Ni Ska Tan, longtime advocate for communities impacted by megadams, as well as as well as Roberta Benefiel, Grand Riverkeeper Labrador. Nick Mercer, community based energy planner working in southeast Labrador. and Meg Sheehan, USA, attorney and coordinator of Northeast Megadams Resistance Alliance. 

WHAT: Information Picket and Press Conference 

WHEN: Information Picket (8:30 AM start time) and Press Conference (3:30 PM) Monday Sept. 9th 

WHERE: Saint John Trade and Convention Centre, One Market Square, Saint John, NB 

SPONSORS: Labrador Land Protectors, Wa Ni Ska Tan (Alliance of Hydro-Impacted Communities), The Council of Canadians, United American Indians of New England, Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, Sierra Club, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, North American Megadam Resistance Alliance, Global Justice Ecology Project, Biofuelwatch, New Communities Project, Say NO to NECEC (Maine), Jones River Watershed Association, New York Environmental Law & Justice Project, 350 Maine, RESTORE: The North Woods, Toxics Action Center 

For more information, and to arrange interviews, please contact: 

Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Programs Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, gretchenf@sierraclub.ca