NunatuKavut seeking to amend Muskrat Falls injunction
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.
NCC president Todd Russell