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INDIGENOUS WATER DEFENDERS: KELLY MORRISSEY, a Labrador Land Protector speaking on THE STRUGGLE AT MUSKRAT FALLS
November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event follows our AGM, which begins at 5:30 pm:
INDIGENOUS WATER DEFENDERS:
KELLY MORRISSEY, a Labrador Land Protector
THE STRUGGLE AT MUSKRAT FALLS
Wed. Nov. 15, 2017, 7-9 pm
Landon Branch, London Public Library
167 Wortley Road
Hosted by the Council of Canadians, London Chapter
Pot luck snacks at 6:30 pm
***(Please bring snacks!)***
Coffee, tea, juice, and water provided
Bring a friend!! Let’s network!
FRAGRANCE FREE EVENT! Please be respectful of attendees who have serious allergies! No perfume or flowers will be permitted.
Kelly Morrissey is a Nunatsiavummiuk Inuit woman from Labrador as well as an artist, musician, beader and social worker. She received her BSW from Memorial University of Newfoundland and in these footsteps, has found herself drawn to roles in advocacy and social change. She has been particularly vocal on the ongoing and troubling subject of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which is being built short kilometres away from her home town in Labrador. Kelly has been a key organizer in demonstrations regarding the project and works to advocate on behalf of those in the Upper Lake Melville region of Labrador. She presently calls Ottawa home, where she finds medicine in doing beadwork and speaking truth.
At Muskrat Falls, scores of Indigenous people and settler allies faced serious criminal charges for acts of land and water protection. Elders have been jailed, journalists have been charged for covering the issue, and the Trudeau government has invested billions while saying nothing in defence of those being targeted for state repression. Ways of life that have existed since time immemorial are now under threat from methylmercury poisoning as well as the very real risk of catastrophic dam break given its construction on quick clay (which moves).
This hydroelectric project fails the most basic tests of free, prior and informed consent under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Muskrat Falls has received under Harper and Trudeau over $9 billion in federal loan guarantees for a project that threatens the survival of Indigenous people in Labrador. As with other so-called “green” measures, this one sacrifices the most basic rights of Indigenous people so the federal government can claim to meet its climate action goals. Far too many people live with the constant fear that they will drown in their sleep or that they will be killed off slowly and painfully by the effects of chemical poisoning, a condition akin to the psychological torture of living under drones.
This event takes place on the ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabek, Lenape, Huron-Wendat, and Attawandaron Peoples.