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Mega Dams, Mega Damage: Clean and Green Energy for whom?
December 7, 2017 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 am UTC+0
Subsidized Canadian power companies have proposed to build transmission corridors from Canada to Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York, including megadams wrongly classified as “clean” by several states. The megadams threathen all Labradorians, but they are particularly harmful to the livelihood, well-being, and even the lives of the Indigenous peoples of Labrador – the Innu, Inuit and Metis.
Join us to learn about the negative cultural, environmental, and financial impacts caused by hydroelectric power generated by megadams in remote areas of Canada and what Indigenous leaders are doing to stop it.
Roberta Frampton Benefiel is with the Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, Inc. located in Goose Bay-Happy Valley. Her organization is part of the internationally-recognized Waterkeeper Alliance. Roberta will be touring the Northeast U.S. in November – December 2017 to raise awareness about the negative impacts large hydroelectric dams in Canada, particularly Muskrat Falls which is on the Grand (Churchill) River. Roberta aims to build alliances with people and organizations on the “recieving end” of this hydro electricity that is sent by transmission lines hundreds of miles to customers in the Northeast U.S.. Among the concerns, studies indicate that flooding of the reservoir will release large amounts of methyl-mercury into the waterways, potentially contaminating the food web upon which the indigenous Inuit, Innu, and Metis peoples, and Labrador settlers, depend.
Amy Norman is a young Inuk woman from Happy Valley-Goose Bay with family ties to North West River and Nain, Nunatsiavut. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in Indigenous Health through the University of Victoria. She helps run the social media and communications team for the Labrador Land Protectors in their ongoing resistance to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. She is passionate about indigenous-led movements against resource extraction, and hopes to meld her on-the-ground experience with land defence with her academic career to serve her community and protect it from harm.