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Halifax Make Muskrat Right: Land and Water Protectors
October 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Peaceful protest for Saturday Oct 22 from 12 – 2pm
Canada- don’t gamble with Inuit Lives
In the future Nova Scotia rate-payers will be buying electricity from Muskrat Falls via the NSPI-owned Maritime Transmission Link. As Nova Scotians we have a responsibility to help Make Muskrat Right. Come show your support in solidarity with groups across the country demonstrating and supporting Labradorians.
Our family and friends are protesting on the front lines of the Muskrat Falls Project in Labrador, to prevent potential Human Rights Violations.
We are calling on the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Minister of Environment Perry Trimper and the development company Nalcor to STOP the MUSKRAT FALLS “DEVELOPMENT” and DESTRUCTION NOW and to ultimately remove all organic materials from the area, that is proposed to be flooded and dammed.
If the organic material is not removed it can result in methylmercury contamination, which will poison our people, as we still rely on the land for our food, fish, water, berries, wild life, etc.
Not only does this affect all Labradorians as a potential Human Rights Violation, but it is also affecting inherent rights of all the Indigenous peoples in Labrador. It will adversely affect the ability to practice culture, eat traditional foods and live a traditional lifestyle.
The actions of the government and “development” companies will affect the health and well being of the animals and plant life in the area. This will affect the health of Labradorians, the cultural practices of Indigenous peoples, and the way of life for all those who live in the area.
Quoting President of Nunatsiavut Johannes Lampe:
“The concerns over methylmercury contamination are real, and to proceed with flooding without fully clearing will clearly violate our human and indigenous rights. This project has to be stopped now before it’s too late.”
Quoting Globe and Mail
“the water will be contaminated with unacceptable levels of methylmercury if too many trees are left to rot at the bottom of the reservoir. The neurotoxin is linked to heart issues, intellectual problems in children and other effects.[…]The project is upstream from 2,000 Inuit in the Lake Melville region who rely on fish and seal meat”
Our brother Billy Gauthier is on his seventh day of a hunger strike to elicit some response from the government. Many people have been arrested for blocking the worksite at Muskrat Falls, and our people continue to peacefully fight for the land!!
PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT LABRADORIANS WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS, LANDS, HEALTH, and SAFETY!!