NunatuKavut Community Council says any future development on the Churchill River must include reconciliation with NunatuKavut Inuit
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, March 6, 2023 – NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) President Todd Russell today issued the following statement about a recent meeting with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey around Churchill River hydroelectric developments:
“NCC Governing Council Vice President Jim Holwell and I appreciated meeting with Premier Furey in St. John’s last week. It was a preliminary discussion about NunatuKavut Inuit rights and interests with regard to future developments in and around the Churchill River.
NunatuKavut Inuit have a very long, irrefutable and continuing connection to what many of our people still refer to as the Grand River and surrounding lands. Any talks on hydroelectric projects related to the Grand River are of the utmost importance to us. We reminded the Premier that NunatuKavut Inuit rights and interests must be addressed and accommodated before reaching any future agreement.
We are encouraged by the strengthened relationship we have with Premier Furey and his government. We look forward to future conversations with the Province that will further reconciliation and ensure the health and well-being of our people and communities.”
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