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Nunatsiavut government challenges Newfoundland and Labrador premier on speech

Nunatsiavut government challenges Newfoundland and Labrador premier on speech | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The day after the on-air announcement of sanction of the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject, while the provincial government was briefing its political opposition on new energy legislation, the Government of Nunatsiavut was issuing a reminder of its...

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In a statement, the aboriginal government representing Labrador Inuit noted concerns it raised recently about the project, with Nunatsiavut President Sarah Leo saying those concerns have been dismissed by the provincial government.

The statement quoted from Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s televised speech, wherein the premier referenced the project’s being able to progress because of “grand partnerships” achieved with Labrador’s aboriginal peoples.

“The premier left the impression the Nunatsiavut Government endorses Muskrat Falls, and indicated that we have been consulted on the project,” Leo stated. “That is simply not the case.”

The Nunatsiavut Government has collectively made note of rights established under the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.

“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador fails to accept our rights and titles, despite what the premier may want people of the province to believe,” Leo stated. “We fought long and hard to negotiate the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement. It’s very unfortunate the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is not prepared to honor the spirit of that Constitutionally-protected document.”

In a statement, the aboriginal government representing Labrador Inuit noted concerns it raised recently about the project, with Nunatsiavut President Sarah Leo saying those concerns have been dismissed by the provincial government.

The statement quoted from Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s televised speech, wherein the premier referenced the project’s being able to progress because of “grand partnerships” achieved with Labrador’s aboriginal peoples.

“The premier left the impression the Nunatsiavut Government endorses Muskrat Falls, and indicated that we have been consulted on the project,” Leo stated. “That is simply not the case.”

The Nunatsiavut Government has collectively made note of rights established under the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.

“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador fails to accept our rights and titles, despite what the premier may want people of the province to believe,” Leo stated. “We fought long and hard to negotiate the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement. It’s very unfortunate the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is not prepared to honor the spirit of that Constitutionally-protected document.”

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Nunatsiavut government Inuit Sign MOU with Chicago Museum

Nunatsiavut government Inuit Sign MOU with Chicago Museum | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it
The Nunatsiavut government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago to right some historic wrongs and build a better relationship. The Field Museum has had a long historic connection with the Labrador Inuit, dating back to the late 1800's.
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"...In 1893 a number of Labrador Inuit were recruited to participate in the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, during which time they were displayed as human 'curiosities'. In the 1920s, the remains of a number of Inuit were removed from marked graves at Zoar and brought to the Field Museum for research. Those remains were repatriated last summer during an emotional ceremony involving the descendants of those whose resting places were disturbed. The new MOU will help build a positive relationship and enable research opportunities and collaborative exhibits involving shared learning. The MOU was signed via video conferencing at Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain, and witnessed by the school's Newfoundland and Labrador Studies class. ..."

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