Innu want changes to Churchill deal

Innu leaders in Labrador have outlined changes they feel must be made to the proposed Lower Churchill hydroelectric project. “Our consent is required, but it has not yet been obtained,” Joseph Riche, grand chief of the Innu Nation, told an environmental review panel in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The Innu have initialed a deal that would let the project proceed, but it has not yet been ratified. It is known as the New Dawn agreement, and includes the point that energy from the project should flow into Natuashish, otherwise the Innu will not support it. “This will only happen if the Innu people are satisfied that the benefits of this project will outweigh the impact,” Riche said.

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