Make Muskrat Right
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace adds our name to the letter.
Dear Commissioner Hussein,
We write to you today to express the urgent need for the United Nations to intervene in the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project located in Labrador, Canada. The parties directly involved in this damming process – Nalcor, and the Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian governments – are committing actions that violate basic human rights, provisions of free, prior, and informed consent in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the protocols and natural laws of Indigenous nations. These actions will place the Innu, Inuit, and NunatuKavut nations of this area in direct danger of continued methylmercury poisoning due to the refusal to clear all vegetation before commencing flooding, and the unsafe and unsustainable construction of the dam that poses the risk of breaking. The Indigenous nations of Labrador have not given free, prior, and informed consent, and the governments and Nalcor are not negotiating with transparency, clarity, and accountability. Therefore we ask you, Commissioner Hussein, to intervene and stop the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric damming project until these issues are addressed.
Muskrat Falls is located on Innu land with the water flowing into Inuit land that is included in the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement. due to the residential school that was located in North West River, and the processes of forced relocation done by the provincial government on Labrador Inuit people, 40% of Labrador Inuit people now live on Innu land in close proximity to Muskrat Falls and hold harvesting rights as per the Agreement.
In 2010 the Innu Nation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nalcor Energy signed the Lower Churchill Project Impacts and Benefits Agreement (IBA) to begin the construction of Muskrat Falls. In the agreement titled, “New Dawn Agreement”, only elected officials of Innu Nation signed onto the IBA, not the consensus of the people, especially Elders who traditionally still occupy the land. Innu Land Protectors do not agree with the flooding without initially clearing the vegetation and making sure the structure around the site is fully secure around Muskrat Falls. read the letter here