Stop arresting journalists in Labrador or anywhere. Pretty embarrassing that you have to write an op-ed to make that point.
This story / interview was originally published on the Halifax Media Co-op website in April 2014. We are running it again because it’s a necessary reminder that the Muskrat Falls development affects multiple marginalized groups in Labrador and it clearly addresses Nova Scotia’s complicity through the Maritime Link.
“What do I miss most about the place? The fun and the beauty. It used to be a very beautiful place,” says elder Molly Denny of Pictou Landing First Nation. Boat Harbour, or A’sek, Mi’kmaq for the other room, is a documentary about the transformation of Boat Harbour from a beautiful body of water, great for swimming, fishing and hunting, to a poisoned dumping ground for first Scott Paper, and now Northern Pulp.
Once in a while the Nova Scotia Advocate likes to remind its readers that the Muskrat Falls development, of which Nova Scotia is a major beneficiary, is destroying the traditional ways of indigenous peoples and other marginalized people.
Some ordinary people fighting environmental hazards in their backyards, and a bunch of students as well, showed up at the start of the fall session at Province House, and they aren’t very happy with the Liberal government.
A four-day Mi’kma’ki Water Symposium offers a unique opportunity to explore the many issues that are impacting our Mother Earth and water and the protectors of the water, here in Mi’kmaki. We talked to Dorene Bernard, one of the organizers.
The Muskrat Falls power generating project is destroying the way of life of Innu and Inuit, and they’re fighting back. Very few reporters tell their story. One of those few is Justin Brake of the Independent. He needs our support.
Chances are that Justin Trudeau,federal ministers and Stephen McNeil are going to find their inboxes and Facebook and Twitter timelines rather full this week. The group that is trying to stop Alton Gas from dumping brine into the vulnerable Shubenacadie River kicked off a one-week social media blitz to make the politicians aware of the issues.
Protesters at Province House had a simple message for Alton Gas. Go away!
A delegation of the Sipeknekatik Band traveled to New Brunswick to demand that Dominic Leblanc, the federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans, use his power to halt the Alton Gas project. The group asserted their treaty rights and warned that the river will be defended, whatever that may take.