Nu­natuKavut seek­ing to amend Muskrat Falls in­junc­tion

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Nu­natuKavut pres­i­dent Todd Rus­sell has is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment:

On Septem­ber 22 the Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (NCC) filed an ap­pli­ca­tion in the Supreme Court of New­found­land and Labrador in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay to vary an in­junc­tion filed by Nal­cor in October of 2016.

Todd Rus­sell, pres­i­dent of NCC, said in their view the in­junc­tion overly re­stricts in­di­vid­u­als from protest­ing the Muskrat Falls project and ex­er­cis­ing their Char­ter rights.

“In the ap­pli­ca­tion, we are re­quest­ing that the in­junc­tion be mod­i­fied so that peace­ful protests, such as in­for­ma­tion pick­ets, can oc­cur near the Muskrat Falls project site,” he said. “The var­ied in­junc­tion we seek will be sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions, mainly re­lated to safety, in­clud­ing as­sem­bling in day­light hours, wear­ing vis­i­ble cloth­ing and al­low­ing pick­eters to ap­proach in­com­ing ve­hi­cles.”

Rus­sell said they filed this ap­pli­ca­tion based on the prin­ci­ple ev­ery­one has fun­da­men­tal rights un­der the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms of free­dom of speech and free­dom of peace­ful as­sem­bly.

“The jus­tice sys­tem has a crit­i­cal role to play in rec­og­niz­ing and pro­tect­ing these rights for the ben­e­fit of NCC mem­bers and all In­dige­nous peo­ples, es­pe­cially given the ar­rest and im­pris­on­ment of five in­di­vid­u­als to date un­der the terms of the cur­rent in­junc­tion, three of whom were South­ern Inuit,” he said.

He said they want to en­sure South­ern Inuit and other In­dige­nous peo­ples can ex­er­cise their Con­sti­tu­tional rights, just like any other Cana­dian.

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NCC pres­i­dent Todd Rus­sell

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