Monday, June 4, 2018

Join the Muskrat Falls Solidarity Chain Fast, June 21 to September 22, 2018

 Stop the Poisoning and Drowning of Labrador’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous People at Muskrat Falls



Background
The Trudeau government has invested a whopping $9.2 billion into the lethal Muskrat Falls megadam in Labrador, which threatens an act of cultural genocide via methylmercury poisoning and the subsequent destruction of Indigenous cultures that have existed since time immemorial.

An additional threat is catastrophic dam break. Mass casualty flash floods are a real possibility since a significant portion of the dam reservoir is slated to be held back by a natural formation known as the North Spur, composed of quick clay (sand that liquefies and moves under pressure). No proper, independent engineering study has been performed to confirm the stability of the North Spur.

Like any number of megaprojects, all Indigenous people affected have not provided free, prior and informed consent to be poisoned and drowned by this megadam. Non-Indigenous residents also face similar threats from a project that could eventually cost as much as $78 billion and bankrupt the province.



Why We’re Fasting
To continue raising awareness and building resistance to the dangerous Muskrat Falls project, we will fast for one or more days during the months between summer solstice and fall equinox in support of the Labrador Land Protectors and all those living at risk downstream of the Muskrat Falls megadam.

We fast because we recognize that if Muskrat Falls goes online without any changes, the largely Indigenous downstream population will be faced with either going hungry or eating a country food web dangerously poisoned by the neurotoxin methylmercury.  

We fast because we recognize the hungering for justice of people who have never been properly consulted about a project that threatens their lives.

We fast because we recognize that all of us undertaking small sacrifices together can help awaken the sleeping conscience of a country that has yet to take seriously the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the cornerstone principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
 
The fast will continue from June 21 to September 22 with three demands:

1.     Immediate implementation of the original recommendations from a major 2016 Harvard University study (seconded by an Independent Experts Advisory Committee) for full clearance of brush, trees, and topsoil, along with the capping of the wetlands, at the Muskrat Falls reservoir to prevent the bioaccumulation of the neurotoxin methylmercury.

2.     Immediate appointment of an independent inquiry into the instability of the North Spur, because no study has proven that it is secure enough to prevent a catastrophic dam break and mass drowning.

3.     The federal government, provincial government, and Nalcor (the crown corporation behind the dam) must halt all work on the dam until they have received the free, prior and informed consent of all Indigenous peoples affected by the dam, as well as that of non-Indigenous downstream residents.

How to participate in the Chain Fast
Pick a day (or a series of days) to fast throughout the summer season and email your name and town to tasc@web.ca) A list of open dates is at http://homesnotbombs.blogspot.com/2018/05/muskrat-falls-solidarity-chain-fast.html .

Fast according to your preferred tradition (a full 24 hours, liquids only, sun up to sun down).

The fast is open to anyone (you can join even if you are not living in the land known as Canada)

On the day they fast we encourage you to:
a.     take a selfie with a simple message (ie, #ShutMuskratDown, Stop Poisoning of Labrador, Respect Indigenous Rights, etc) and share that image via social media, explaining why you are fasting on that day

b.     Write an email to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Stolen Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Colonial Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett federally, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall (the crown corporation behind the project), to explain why you are fasting and reinforce the three demands listed above. Emails are: pm@pm.gc.ca, Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca, Jim.Carr@parl.gc.ca, carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca, dwightball@gov.nl.ca, info@nalcorenergy.com, tasc@web.ca

c.     Write a letter to a local newspaper about why they are fasting, and perhaps link your fast to land and water protection struggles taking place in your territory.

d.     If you have the time, make a sign and vigil for an hour or two in public at a federal building or MP’s office to mark your fast and the reasons behind it (we can provide flyers to hand out).

Thanks for your support!

The Ontario-Muskrat Solidarity Coalition

Dates and Names and Towns of Fasters
Thursday, June 21:Tracey Sikoak Doherty, Happy Valley - Goose Bay
Friday, June 22: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, June 23: Jim Learning, Happy Valley Goose Bay
Sunday, June 24: Matthew Behrens, Perth, ON, Sharon Ponniuk Gear, Labrador
Monday, June 25: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, June 26: Cym Gomery, Montreal
Wednesday, June 27: Hannah Miller, Fortune, Newfoundland; Ottawa Raging Grannies
Thursday, June 28: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, June 29: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, June 30: Dianne Climenhage Happy Valley Goose Bay, Matthew Della Valle, St. John's, NL
Sunday, July 1: Liz Chisholm, Chilliwack, BC; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Monday, July 2: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, July 3: Maureen McGahey, Perth, ON
Wednesday, July 4: Andrew Jehan and Elizabeth Wickwire, Toronto
Thursday, July 5: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, July 6: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 7: Sandra Streifel, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, July 8:Sunshine Messina, Lac Megantic, QC
Monday, July 9: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, July 10: Jan Morrison,  North West River,  NL
Wednesday, July 11: krishna e bera, Algonquin Territory, Ottawa
Thursday, July 12: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, July 13: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 14: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL; Angus Andersen, St. John's, NL
Sunday, July 15: Eldred Davis, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador
Monday, July 16: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, July 17: Marjorie May Flowers, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Wednesday, July 18: Emma Hebb, Halifax, NS; Members of Solidarity Halifax; Llewelyn Pritchard, UK, Angela Giles, Halifax; Chris White, Halifax
Thursday, July 19: Dorene Bernard and grassroots grandmothers at Treaty Truck House camp, Shubenacadie River, NS; Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Tamara Lorincz; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, July 20: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 21: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Sunday, July 22: Eldred Davis, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador
Monday, July 23: Murray Lumley, Toronto, O; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Tuesday, July 24: Tracey Sikoak Doherty, Happy Valley - Goose Bay; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Wednesday, July 25:Peggy Saunders- Blake, Happy Valley - Goose Bay; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Thursday, July 26: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, July 27: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta, Ria Heynen, Ottawa
Saturday, July 28: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Sunday, July 29: King Kimbit, Ottawa
Monday, July 30: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Tuesday, July 31: Sunshine Messina, Lac Megantic, QC; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Wednesday, August 1: Jozef Konyari, Toronto, ON; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Thursday, August 2: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Friday, August 3: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Saturday, August 4: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Sunday, August 5: mandy hiscocks, Guelph, ON; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Monday, August 6: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Tuesday, August 7: Sandra Streifel, Vancouver, BC; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Wednesday, August 8: King Kimbit, Ottawa
Thursday, August 9: Denise Cole, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay,  King Kimbit, Ottawa; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, August 10: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Saturday, August 11: Tracey Sikoak Doherty, Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Ria Heynen, Ottawa,
King Kimbit, Ottawa
Sunday, August 12: mandy hiscocks, Guelph, ON, King Kimbit, Ottawa
Monday, August 13: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON, King Kimbit, Ottawa
Tuesday, August 14: King Kimbit, Ottawa
Wednesday, August 15: Ria Heynen, Ottawa, King Kimbit, Ottawa
 Thursday, August 16: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Tamara Lorincz, Waterloo, ON; King Kimbit, Ottawa; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, August 17: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Saturday, August 18: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Sunday, August 19: mandy hiscocks, Guelph, ON, King Kimbit, Ottawa
Monday, August 20: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON; King Kimbit, Ottawa
Tuesday, August 21: Cym Gomery, Montreal
Wednesday, August 22: Angela Giles, Halifax
Thursday, August 23: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, August 24: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 25: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Sunday, August 26: mandy hiscocks, Guelph, ON
Monday, August 27: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, August 28: Randal Hadland, Dawson Creek, BC
Wednesday, August 29:Ashley Grenstone, Ottawa, ON
Thursday, August 30: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, August 31: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 1: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Sunday, Sept. 2: Paul Bonnici, Aubrey Lauersdorf, Julia Longo, Stephen Pedroza, and Jennifer Standish (Members of the Workers Union at UNC, UE Local 150), Chapel Hill, NC
Monday, Sept. 3: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, Sept. 4: Sarah Budgell, Halifax, NS
Wednesday, Sept. 5:Bonita Ford, Algonquin Territory, Perth, ON
Thursday, Sept. 6: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, Sept. 7: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 8: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
 Sunday, Sept. 9:
Monday, Sept. 10: Liza Holly Hancock, Woodville, Ontario,
Murray Lumley, Toronto, Deborah Ellis, Simcoe, ON
Tuesday, Sept. 11: Eric AndersEn Jr., Makkovik, Labrador
Wednesday, Sept. 12:
Thursday, Sept. 13: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, Sept. 14: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 15:  Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Sunday, Sept. 16:
Monday, Sept. 17: Murray Lumley, Toronto, ON
Tuesday, Sept. 18:
Wednesday, Sept. 19: Angela Giles, Halifax
Thursday, Sept. 20: Roberta Frampton Benefiel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Brian Burch, Toronto; Holly Wells and Jaryl Altomare, Effort, Pennsylvania
Friday, Sept. 21: Linnéa Rowlatt, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta; Brian Burch, Toronto
Saturday, Sept. 22: Peggy Skinner, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL






Thursday, May 31, 2018

Muskrat Falls Solidarity Chain Fast

 Stop the Poisoning and Drowning of Labrador’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous People at Muskrat Falls



Background
The Trudeau government has invested a whopping $9.2 billion into the lethal Muskrat Falls megadam in Labrador, which threatens an act of cultural genocide via methylmercury poisoning and the subsequent destruction of Indigenous cultures that have existed since time immemorial.

An additional threat is catastrophic dam break. Mass casualty flash floods are a real possibility since a significant portion of the dam reservoir is slated to be held back by a natural formation known as the North Spur, composed of quick clay (sand that liquefies and moves under pressure). No proper, independent engineering study has been performed to confirm the stability of the North Spur.

Like any number of megaprojects, all Indigenous people affected have not provided free, prior and informed consent to be poisoned and drowned by this megadam. Non-Indigenous residents also face similar threats from a project that could eventually cost as much as $78 billion and bankrupt the province.



Why We’re Fasting
To continue raising awareness and building resistance to the dangerous Muskrat Falls project, we will fast for one or more days during the months between summer solstice and fall equinox in support of the Labrador Land Protectors and all those living at risk downstream of the Muskrat Falls megadam.

We fast because we recognize that if Muskrat Falls goes online without any changes, the largely Indigenous downstream population will be faced with either going hungry or eating a country food web dangerously poisoned by the neurotoxin methylmercury.  

We fast because we recognize the hungering for justice of people who have never been properly consulted about a project that threatens their lives.

We fast because we recognize that all of us undertaking small sacrifices together can help awaken the sleeping conscience of a country that has yet to take seriously the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the cornerstone principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
 
The fast will continue from June 21 to September 22 with three demands:

1.     Immediate implementation of the original recommendations from a major 2016 Harvard University study (seconded by an Independent Experts Advisory Committee) for full clearance of brush, trees, and topsoil, along with the capping of the wetlands, at the Muskrat Falls reservoir to prevent the bioaccumulation of the neurotoxin methylmercury.

2.     Immediate appointment of an independent inquiry into the instability of the North Spur, because no study has proven that it is secure enough to prevent a catastrophic dam break and mass drowning.

3.     The federal government, provincial government, and Nalcor (the crown corporation behind the dam) must halt all work on the dam until they have received the free, prior and informed consent of all Indigenous peoples affected by the dam, as well as that of non-Indigenous downstream residents.

How to participate in the Chain Fast
Pick a day (or a series of days) to fast throughout the summer season and email your name and town to tasc@web.ca) A list of open dates is at http://homesnotbombs.blogspot.com/2018/05/muskrat-falls-solidarity-chain-fast.html .

Fast according to your preferred tradition (a full 24 hours, liquids only, sun up to sun down).

The fast is open to anyone (you can join even if you are not living in the land known as Canada)

On the day they fast we encourage you to:
a.     take a selfie with a simple message (ie, #ShutMuskratDown, Stop Poisoning of Labrador, Respect Indigenous Rights, etc) and share that image via social media, explaining why you are fasting on that day

b.     Write an email to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Stolen Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Colonial Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett federally, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall (the crown corporation behind the project), to explain why you are fasting and reinforce the three demands listed above. Emails are: pm@pm.gc.ca, Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca, Jim.Carr@parl.gc.ca, carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca, dwightball@gov.nl.ca, info@nalcorenergy.com, tasc@web.ca

c.     Write a letter to a local newspaper about why they are fasting, and perhaps link your fast to land and water protection struggles taking place in your territory.

d.     If you have the time, make a sign and vigil for an hour or two in public at a federal building or MP’s office to mark your fast and the reasons behind it (we can provide flyers to hand out).

Thanks for your support!

The Ontario-Muskrat Solidarity Coalition

Dates and Names and Towns of Fasters
Thursday, June 21:
Friday, June 22: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, June 23:
Sunday, June 24:
Monday, June 25:
Tuesday, June 26: Cym Gomery, Montreal
Wednesday, June 27: Hannah Miller  Fortune, Newfoundland
Thursday, June 28:
Friday, June 29: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, June 30:
Sunday, July 1: Liz Chisholm, Chilliwack, BC
Monday, July 2:
Tuesday, July 3: Maureen McGahey, Perth, ON
Wednesday, July 4:
Thursday, July 5:
Friday, July 6: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 7:
Sunday, July 8:
Monday, July 9:
Tuesday, July 10:
Wednesday, July 11: krishna e bera, Algonquin Territory, Ottawa
Thursday, July 12:
Friday, July 13: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 14:
Sunday, July 15:
Monday, July 16:
Tuesday, July 17:
Wednesday, July 18:
Thursday, July 19:
Friday, July 20: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 21:
Sunday, July 22:
Monday, July 23:
Tuesday, July 24:
Wednesday, July 25:
Thursday, July 26:
Friday, July 27: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 28:
Sunday, July 29:
Monday, July 30:
Tuesday, July 31:
Wednesday, August 1:
Thursday, August 2:
Friday, August 3: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 4:
Sunday, August 5:
Monday, August 6:
Tuesday, August 7:
Wednesday, August 8:
Thursday, August 9: Denise Cole, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Friday, August 10: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 11:
Sunday, August 12:
Monday, August 13:
Tuesday, August 14:
Wednesday, August 15:
Thursday, August 16:
Friday, August 17: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 18:
Sunday, August 19:
Monday, August 20:
Tuesday, August 21:
Wednesday, August 22:
Thursday, August 23:
Friday, August 24: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 25:
Sunday, August 26:
Monday, August 27:
Tuesday, August 28:
Wednesday, August 29:
Thursday, August 30:
Friday, August 31: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 1:
Sunday, Sept. 2:
Monday, Sept. 3:
Tuesday, Sept. 4:
Wednesday, Sept. 5:
Thursday, Sept. 6:
Friday, Sept. 7: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 8:
Sunday, Sept. 9:
Monday, Sept. 10: Liza Holly Hancock, Woodville, Ontario
Tuesday, Sept. 11:
Wednesday, Sept. 12:
Thursday, Sept. 13:
Friday, Sept. 14: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 15:
Sunday, Sept. 16:
Monday, Sept. 17:
Tuesday, Sept. 18:
Wednesday, Sept. 19:
Thursday, Sept. 20:
Friday, Sept. 21: Linnéa Rowlatt, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 22:






Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Muskrat Falls Solidarity Chain Fast

 Stop the Poisoning and Drowning of Labrador’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous People at Muskrat Falls



Background
The Trudeau government has invested a whopping $9.2 billion into the lethal Muskrat Falls megadam in Labrador, which threatens an act of cultural genocide via methylmercury poisoning and the subsequent destruction of Indigenous cultures that have existed since time immemorial.

An additional threat is catastrophic dam break. Mass casualty flash floods are a real possibility since a significant portion of the dam reservoir is slated to be held back by a natural formation known as the North Spur, composed of quick clay (sand that liquefies and moves under pressure). No proper, independent engineering study has been performed to confirm the stability of the North Spur.

Like any number of megaprojects, all Indigenous people affected have not provided free, prior and informed consent to be poisoned and drowned by this megadam. Non-Indigenous residents also face similar threats from a project that could eventually cost as much as $78 billion and bankrupt the province.



Why We’re Fasting
To continue raising awareness and building resistance to the dangerous Muskrat Falls project, we will fast for one or more days during the months between summer solstice and fall equinox in support of the Labrador Land Protectors and all those living at risk downstream of the Muskrat Falls megadam.

We fast because we recognize that if Muskrat Falls goes online without any changes, the largely Indigenous downstream population will be faced with either going hungry or eating a country food web dangerously poisoned by the neurotoxin methylmercury.  

We fast because we recognize the hungering for justice of people who have never been properly consulted about a project that threatens their lives.

We fast because we recognize that all of us undertaking small sacrifices together can help awaken the sleeping conscience of a country that has yet to take seriously the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the cornerstone principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
 
The fast will continue from June 21 to September 22 with three demands:

1.     Immediate implementation of the original recommendations from a major 2016 Harvard University study (seconded by an Independent Experts Advisory Committee) for full clearance of brush, trees, and topsoil, along with the capping of the wetlands, at the Muskrat Falls reservoir to prevent the bioaccumulation of the neurotoxin methylmercury.

2.     Immediate appointment of an independent inquiry into the instability of the North Spur, because no study has proven that it is secure enough to prevent a catastrophic dam break and mass drowning.

3.     The federal government, provincial government, and Nalcor (the crown corporation behind the dam) must halt all work on the dam until they have received the free, prior and informed consent of all Indigenous peoples affected by the dam, as well as that of non-Indigenous downstream residents.

How to participate in the Chain Fast
Pick a day (or a series of days) to fast throughout the summer season and email your name and town to tasc@web.ca) A list of open dates is at http://homesnotbombs.blogspot.com/2018/05/muskrat-falls-solidarity-chain-fast.html .

Fast according to your preferred tradition (a full 24 hours, liquids only, sun up to sun down).

The fast is open to anyone (you can join even if you are not living in the land known as Canada)

On the day they fast we encourage you to:
a.     take a selfie with a simple message (ie, #ShutMuskratDown, Stop Poisoning of Labrador, Respect Indigenous Rights, etc) and share that image via social media, explaining why you are fasting on that day

b.     Write an email to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Stolen Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Colonial Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett federally, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall (the crown corporation behind the project), to explain why you are fasting and reinforce the three demands listed above. Emails are: pm@pm.gc.ca, Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca, Jim.Carr@parl.gc.ca, carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca, dwightball@gov.nl.ca, info@nalcorenergy.com, tasc@web.ca

c.     Write a letter to a local newspaper about why they are fasting, and perhaps link your fast to land and water protection struggles taking place in your territory.

d.     If you have the time, make a sign and vigil for an hour or two in public at a federal building or MP’s office to mark your fast and the reasons behind it (we can provide flyers to hand out).

Thanks for your support!

The Ontario-Muskrat Solidarity Coalition

Dates and Names and Towns of Fasters
Thursday, June 21:
Friday, June 22: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, June 23:
Sunday, June 24:
Monday, June 25:
Tuesday, June 26: Cym Gomery, Montreal
Wednesday, June 27: Hannah Miller  Fortune, Newfoundland
Thursday, June 28:
Friday, June 29: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, June 30:
Sunday, July 1: Liz Chisholm, Chilliwack, BC
Monday, July 2:
Tuesday, July 3: Maureen McGahey, Perth, ON
Wednesday, July 4:
Thursday, July 5:
Friday, July 6: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 7:
Sunday, July 8:
Monday, July 9:
Tuesday, July 10:
Wednesday, July 11: krishna e bera, Algonquin Territory, Ottawa
Thursday, July 12:
Friday, July 13: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 14:
Sunday, July 15:
Monday, July 16:
Tuesday, July 17:
Wednesday, July 18:
Thursday, July 19:
Friday, July 20: Trycia Bazinet, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 21:
Sunday, July 22:
Monday, July 23:
Tuesday, July 24:
Wednesday, July 25:
Thursday, July 26:
Friday, July 27: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, July 28:
Sunday, July 29:
Monday, July 30:
Tuesday, July 31:
Wednesday, August 1:
Thursday, August 2:
Friday, August 3: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 4:
Sunday, August 5:
Monday, August 6:
Tuesday, August 7:
Wednesday, August 8:
Thursday, August 9: Denise Cole, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Friday, August 10: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 11:
Sunday, August 12:
Monday, August 13:
Tuesday, August 14:
Wednesday, August 15:
Thursday, August 16:
Friday, August 17: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 18:
Sunday, August 19:
Monday, August 20:
Tuesday, August 21:
Wednesday, August 22:
Thursday, August 23:
Friday, August 24: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, August 25:
Sunday, August 26:
Monday, August 27:
Tuesday, August 28:
Wednesday, August 29:
Thursday, August 30:
Friday, August 31: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 1:
Sunday, Sept. 2:
Monday, Sept. 3:
Tuesday, Sept. 4:
Wednesday, Sept. 5:
Thursday, Sept. 6:
Friday, Sept. 7: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 8:
Sunday, Sept. 9:
Monday, Sept. 10: Liza Holly Hancock, Woodville, Ontario
Tuesday, Sept. 11:
Wednesday, Sept. 12:
Thursday, Sept. 13:
Friday, Sept. 14: Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 15:
Sunday, Sept. 16:
Monday, Sept. 17:
Tuesday, Sept. 18:
Wednesday, Sept. 19:
Thursday, Sept. 20:
Friday, Sept. 21: Linnéa Rowlatt, Ottawa, Graham Lettner, Black Diamond, Alberta
Saturday, Sept. 22:






Sunday, May 13, 2018

15 Indigenous Land Protectors and Allies Arrested on Parliament Hill: Reports and Updates from Muskrat Falls National Day of Action

Labrador Land Protectors (from left) Angus Andersen, Jim Learning, Eldred Davis and Marjorie Flowers all traveled over 2,000 km from Labrador to share the voices and faces of those most at risk from the lethal Muskrat Falls megadam, which the Trudeau government backs with a $9.2 billion investment. The response of the Trudeau government was the same as it's been across the land responding to land and water protectors: 15 arrests, including Learning, Davis and Flowers.


Friends,

Monday, May 7 was a powerful day on Parliament Hill (located on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory), as well as across the country with six separate gatherings in Winnipeg, Mississauga, Halifax, St. John's, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay in support of the Labrador Land Protectors at Muskrat Falls.

At the bottom of this post are links so that you can watch the four compelling videos of the various stages of the Ottawa gathering. You will also see pictures from across the land.

It also includes links to media coverage, a new petition on methylmercury poisoning of the Inuit downstream of Muskrat Falls from Amnesty International, ideas on getting involved, and upcoming events in Toronto (where we will gather Thursday, May 24 at 1 pm at 250 Front Street West to bring the faces and words of those most at risk to the shareholders of Emera, Inc., one of the biggest Muskrat Falls dam profiteers) and Ottawa (Monday, May 28, time TBA, a gathering at the office of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, calling her to account for her failure to uphold Canada's legally binding responsibilities under the Minamata Convention on Mercury).

In Ottawa, Labrador Land Protectors and their allies tried to enter the House of Commons to place on the desks of all 338 MPs the faces and words of those most at risk from the Muskrat Falls megadam in Labrador, which threatens Indigenous people and settlers alike with methylmercury poisoning and mass drowning via catastrophic dam break. Free, prior and informed consent was never sought by the provincial and federal governments, and certainly never received from all Indigenous people affected by this lethal project.

Their lives and their lands and waters, as well as all life forms in the area,  have been turned into a national sacrifice zone that the Trudeau government is backing to the tune of $9.2 billion. An act of impending cultural genocide is well under way.

The response of the Trudeau government to the May 7 gathering was what it has been from coast to coast to coast since they took office: to arrest Indigenous land and water protectors and non-Indigenous supporters. Fifteen people aged 28 to 92 were arrested, including three Indigenous land protectors: Marjorie Flowers, Jim Learning, and Eldred Davis, who had driven the long 2,000-km journey from Labrador to attend.

Also present on the Hill was Angus Andersen, an Inuk man from Nain, Labrador, who handed out bottles of "Muskrat Falls Methylmercury Water." 

We still have much to do to stop the Muskrat Falls megadam before it goes online. But for now, we invite you to see the faces and hear the voices who came to Ottawa in these powerful videos, as well as the voices who spoke out from Winnipeg to Happy-Valley Goose Bay.

We look forward to you raising your voice with us as we continue our campaign to stop this dam from going online, an utterly predictable disaster which cannot be reversed.

Peace

Ontario Muskrat Solidarity Coalition


OTTAWA VIDEOS
(thanks to Anne Dagenais Guertin of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group for your videography!)

The Day Begins at the Human Rights Monument
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwbxgQ8t2wA

The Day Continues at the Prime Minister's office, rudely booting out Land Protectors, who nonetheless persevered in delivering methylmercury water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwRdRZ6eWCY

Once on the Hill, the Labrador Land Protectors speak truth to three Parliamentary Secretaries – from the ministries of Stolen Resources, Colonial Affairs, and Ocean Pollution. They then try to enter the House of Commons and are placed under arrest, with an Indigenous woman, Marjorie Flowers, the only one targeted for differential treatment: being painfully handcuffed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GEeFeV5Kig

Following their release – all were banned from Parliament Hill for 90 days, even though the group rejected colonial jurisdiction, having sought and received the support of title holders from the Algonquins of Barriere Lake – they reflect on the day, and remind all that they never gave free, prior and informed consent for the Muskrat Falls megadam.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DLxslhcdso



MEDIA COVERAGE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=219&v=7wIDbahpmY8  (excellent overview from Ottawa Citizen)

http://aptnnews.ca/2018/05/07/one-person-arrested-others-detained-during-muskrat-falls-dam-rally-on-parliament-hill/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/labrador-land-protectors-arrested-parliament-hill-1.4651686

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/indigenous-protesters-angry-over-muskrat-falls-detained-on-parliament-hill-1.3918842

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/indigenous-elders-protesting-muskrat-falls-detained-on-parliament-hill

http://theindependent.ca/2018/05/08/things-are-not-all-right-in-labrador-cole/

http://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/three-labrador-land-protectors-detained-in-ottawa-208185/

http://aptnnews.ca/2018/05/07/halifax-joins-other-cities-in-rally-against-muskrat-falls/

http://vocm.com/news/labrador-group-arrested-at-demonstration-on-parliament-hill/

http://www.thelabradorian.ca/news/labrador-land-protectors-taking-part-in-muskrat-falls-rallies-across-country-on-may-7-207660/

Radio Interviews:
http://www.oksociety.com/?p=23736
http://www.oksociety.com/?p=23720


PHOTOS FROM ALL THE DAY OF ACTION GATHERINGS

A fantastic collection of powerful photos from Dr. Peter Stockdale in Ottawa: https://www.facebook.com/drpeterstockdale/media_set?set=a.10155313858191850.1073742651.565126849&type=3

Raging Grannies Collection:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/ottawagrans/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1568053669960416

From across the land: http://homesnotbombs.blogspot.ca/2018/05/grade-10-mississauga-students-support.html


STATEMENTS AND PETITIONS

International statement of support

https://www.facebook.com/notes/labrador-land-protectors/the-northeast-megadam-resistance-coalition-supports-nonviolent-land-protectors-a/597858983909751/ 


While this Amnesty International petition focuses on methylmercury, it is equally critical that we not lose sight of the other lethal threat at Muskrat Falls: the threat of catastrophic dam break because it is built on quick clay (soil that moves and liquefies under pressure).
https://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=50190

UPCOMING
Thursday, May 24, 1 pm, Toronto: Emera: See the Faces,  Hear the Voices at Risk From Muskrat Falls
Information Vigil at the Annual General Meeting of Major Muskrat Falls Partner Emera Inc.
Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, 250 Front Street West, Toronto

On Thursday, May 24 from 1 to 2:30 pm, join us as we bring the faces and voices of those most at risk from the lethal Muskrat Falls megadam to the project's biggest beneficiaries, the shareholders of Emera, Inc.

More at https://www.facebook.com/events/173746446672100/

Monday, May 28, Time TBA: Ottawa Vigil at Office of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
May 28 will mark almost 14 months since Canada signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a legally binding treaty negotiated under the United Nations Environment Programme to reduce mercury emissions and to protect the environment and human health. McKenna says, "Our Government is unwavering in its commitment to safeguard the environment and the health of Canadians from the effects of mercury."

Yet the Convention is being violated at Muskrat Falls, where the Trudeau government's $9.2 billion investment in Muskrat Falls guarantees a massive spike in methylmercury poisoning. The Convention Canada signed on to is clear in recognizing  "the particular vulnerabilities of Arctic ecosystems and indigenous communities because of the biomagnification of mercury and contamination of traditional foods, and concerned about indigenous communities more generally with respect to the effects of mercury."

The Minamata Convention is a 21st century response to the catastrophic pollution in Minamata, Japan, where industrial releases of methyl mercury caused the epidemic known as the Minamata disease in the 1950s and onwards.

HELPING OUT
1. Join the Ontario-Muskrat Solidarity Coalition at tasc@web.ca or (613) 267-3998

2. Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OntarioMuskrat/

3. Like the Facebook page of the Labrador Land Protectors at https://www.facebook.com/labradorlandprotectors/

4. You can help contribute to our costs by writing cheques to Homes not Bombs at PO Box 2121, 57 Foster Street, Perth, ON K7H 1R0, or sending etransfers to tasc@web.ca

5. Share this post with friends!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

National Support for Labrador Land Protectors on May 7

On Monday, May 7, gatherings took place in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Mississauga, St. John's. Halifax and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

One of the largest Labrador Land Protector solidarity gatherings ever to take place outside of the province was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Mississauga, Ontario. 

One inspiring teacher wrote of the over 200 grade 10 students who had researched and learned about the issue and made banners and placards for the Muskrat Falls National Day of Action: 


"These totally empowered young people rallied, spoke, chanted and really delivered a clear and powerful message to the school and those driving by with their cars. Carmel students held a very meaningful rally and die-in on the front steps of the school. Jodie Williams (an Ojibwe Indigenous consultant to the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board) was there for both rallies and she said thank you to the students after their action. The banners, placards and speeches that were made throughout our walk with the megaphone were insightful and inspiring. I am truly proud of the students for their commitment, organization and participation. They delivered a powerful message of solidarity."




And so grows the movement to end the federal government's $9.2 billion investment in a project that will result in an act cultural genocide against the Inuit and Innu people and ruin the lives of all non-Indigenous downstream residents too through methylmercury poisoning and threat of mass drowning. #ShutMuskratDown!




        

In Halifax, Angela Giles reports that about 30 people gathered outside the office of Emera, Inc. (the Halifax-based power company and Muskrat Falls partner that will make a huge profit from the project). Billy Lewis (urban Indigenous Elder) welcomed the group to the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi'kmaq Nation and spoke about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and connecting all of these megaprojects; Gretchen Fitzgerald (Sierra Club) spoke about the fight against Muskrat Falls, how long it's been going on, concerns around the North Spur and flooding, and this not being the type of renewable energy we want in Nova Scotia; Chris White (Solidarity Halifax) spoke about the connection with Emera and called on them to hold Nalcor to account on the Independent Experts Advisory Committee recommendations for clearance of trees, brush and topsoil in the Muskrat Falls reservoir area, as well as the connection to capitalism and unfettered growth at the expense of all else - the environment, Indigenous rights, peoples' lives, etc.









And in Winnipeg a gathering at Manitoba Hydro:




In St John's, Elise Thorburn reports: We gathered and catalogued all the things we'll lose if Muskrat Falls goes ahead - the land, water, human and non-human beings and cultures - and committed ourselves to decolonizing struggle together. 





In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador Land Protectors gathered outside the office of local MP Yvonne Jones in solidarity with all actions taking place on May 7.