Happy Valley-Goose Bay native Kelly Morrissey organized a Muskrat Falls protest on Parliament Hill on Sept. 16 in an effort to draw the federal government's attention to concerns the dam threatens an important source of food and way of life. Photo by Michael Alexander Reid.

Muskrat Falls: Reconciliation, or Assimilation?

Written By: | September 29, 2016

As Nalcor prepares for the first phase of flooding, we take a closer look at the implications Muskrat Falls could have for reconciliation with Indigenous communities in Labrador.

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Muskrat Falls threatens locals’ food, way of life

By: | September 25, 2016

Anxiety rises in Labrador as the province and Nalcor ignore recommendations from scientists and Indigenous leaders to clear dam’s reservoir and minimize the threat of methylmercury poisoning in communities downstream.

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Local radio host “no longer employed” with station after sexist tweets

By: | September 24, 2016

“You’d get more viewers if you were stripping,” Coast 101.1 FM radio host Joel North told a young St. John’s woman on Twitter.

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Slutwalk organizers tackle a “deeply embedded” rape culture

By: | September 23, 2016

Media and popular stereotypes about sexual assault are still a long way from reality, say organizers.

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Poster campaign at MUN targets government over Muskrat Falls

By: | September 22, 2016

“It’s absolutely unacceptable. This is human life, this is a traditional way of living,” says student who posted hundreds of posters condemning Liberal MHAs.

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NunatuKavut Elder Jim Learning travels on board a boat up the Grand River to the Muskrat Falls site. Sept. 14, 2016. Photo by Justin Brake.

“Erasing our history”: Muskrat not a done deal for determined locals

By: | September 14, 2016

$11.4 billion later and counting, Labrador’s controversial hydroelectric dam has done irreversible damage, say three locals who traveled up the Grand River to Muskrat Falls Wednesday. But the reservoir isn’t flooded yet.

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Newfoundland in the Black imaginary

By: | September 9, 2016

Black history in Newfoundland has been ignored for too long, says visiting poet and scholar.

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Web developers: we need your help!

By: | July 23, 2016

The Independent is looking for web-savvy activists and those who support the development of independent journalism in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Mad Pride arrives on the Rock

By: | July 11, 2016

Group launches initiative to celebrate madness and advocate for experience-based understandings of mental health.

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Sunday marked Amanda White of St. John's and Julia Bouzan of Grand Falls-Windsor's first Pride parade as a couple. “It just shows that we can be ourselves and we’re accepted here in St. John’s, and everywhere else where they have Pride," White said. Photo by Justin Brake.

“Pride is political”

By: | July 10, 2016

St. John’s Pride Week festival and parade have grown “exponentially” in recent years and remain important not only as celebrations, but also as platforms for progress on gender equality, say organizers.

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