July 10, 2021 I want to continue my lament, mainly about Manitoba’s racist premier Pallister, but I needed to ‘take ten’ after I heard him ‘imply’ that Indigenous people “only destroy rather than build.” Those hunks of metal become meaningless … Continue reading Now we are the tāpānak
A Reflection on the Toppling of Statues July 7, 2021 I have just returned from a northern community which has been impacted by hydro development with the building of another dam in their area. People are grieving the loss of … Continue reading Sacred Sites
July 12, 2021 As the impoundment begins at another northern dam, I cannot help but express my despair and grief over the loss of more land and shoreline along those lakes and rivers, as well as all the factors involved … Continue reading When Does Reconciliation Begin?
UPDATED AS OF MAY 30, 2021 Many of you have heard the final licence was granted. This letter has been updated accordingly. Please continue to let our government know that this is not ok and not what we want. ORIGINAL POST – A lot of you are asking, “What can we do to help?” and often the answer to that question starts with simply learning more about where your electricity comes from, but right now a letter supporting the Open Letter from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation and Tataskweyak Cree Nation and asking them to refuse the Augmented Flow Program renewal will … Continue reading Support the Open Letter – Updated
Read Full Letter Here April 13, 2021 O-pipin-na-piwin Cree Nation & Tataskweyak Cree Nation released an open letter to Manitoba Hydro customers calling on us to raise our collective voices alongside theirs. In the mid-1970s, Manitoba Hydro built the Churchill River Diversion project in our home territories in northern Manitoba. They poured cement in the water, they blasted a nine-km channel through the forest, and they forcibly relocated an entire community. The massive project diverts 85 percent of the flow of the second largest river in Manitoba. It also floods 675 square kilometres of boreal forest and largely dries up … Continue reading Open Letter from Impacted Communities
The Ki Ta Ski Naw Conference this last weekend was a collection of approximately 250 people who were passionate about hydro justice. Powerful keynotes by Winona LaDuke, Senator Mary Jane McCallum, and Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, were supported by workshops and … Continue reading Ki Ta Ski Naw Conference
On Friday, at Gordon Bell High School, Ellen presented her story of hydro injustices in Grand Rapids to the Manitoba Educators for Social Justice. Continue reading Ellen Cook Presents To Social Justice Teachers
What about aboriginal partners?
Winnipeg Free Press, March 20, 2017
By Will Braun
Nearly 20 years ago, Manitoba Hydro began working toward the two largest aboriginal business ventures in the history of the province. Ultimately, five First Nations became partners in supposedly lucrative multi-billio- dollar dams. Chiefs spoke about prosperous futures. Hydro spoke proudly about the partnerships. Continue reading “Cree fortunes hitched to Hydro wagon”
When the water goes up behind the Keeyask dam, one family will lose more than any other. Go up the Nelson River to the Keeyask site with members of the Kitchekeesik family. And visit the remains of a relocated community … Continue reading New Short Doc