People are fasting in protest of Muskrat Falls
“And all the people whose lives, livelihoods and cultures are at risk from Muskrat Falls. Others are fasting too, for one day or several, continuously since
June 21st and until Sept. 22nd.”
I’m writing this in the hope that people with power will read it.
The Muskrat Falls mega-dam on Labrador’s Churchill River is being built in defiance of common sense and human decency. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has already squandered billions of dollars on this boondoggle, and the federal government has implicated all Canadians through loan guarantees for $9 billion more.
Muskrat Falls is an outrage against people — both Indigenous and non-indigenous — and against the Earth and its creatures. It threatens death by poisoning or drowning, and cultural extinction by destroying the environment that the people depend on. And you are enabling this outrage to continue!
But you also have the power to stop it.
I am writing this today as I fast in solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors, the Grand Riverkeeper,
Muskrat Falls is an outrage against people — both Indigenous and non-indigenous — and against the Earth and its creatures.
And all the people whose lives, livelihoods and cultures are at risk from Muskrat Falls. Others are fasting too, for one day or several, continuously since June 21st and until Sept. 22nd. We are doing so right across this country, as well as in the United States and the U.K., to add the collective weight of our action to the longstanding demands that you have so far refused to meet.
Those demands are: to immediately implement the recommendations of the 2016 Harvard University study for complete clearance of organic matter and topsoil from the reservoir; to appoint and fund a truly independent inquiry into the threat of a catastrophic dam break at the North Spur due to quick clay underlying the construction; and — crucially — to stop all work on the Muskrat Falls project unless or until the Indigenous people affected, and the non-indigenous residents downstream, have given their free and informed consent through an independent and fully democratic participatory process.
Muskrat Falls is not “clean energy.” It will not counteract climate change or benefit the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. On the contrary. It is a gross waste of public money, a betrayal of democracy and the public trust, and an un-natural disaster waiting to happen.
I await your response and your assurance that the above demands are being met.
Pouch Cove, N.L. and Ompah, Ont.