Support the Open Letter – Updated

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 show our government officials that Manitoba really cares about this.

Here’s what you will have to do:

  1. Copy the text below and paste into an email from you. (feel completely free to add your own words and make it personal!)

Dear Madam/Sir,

I am writing to you today as a concerned hydro electricity consumer. 

I recently became aware of two communities in northern Manitoba who wrote us (all hydro customers) a letter to ask for changes to be made to the way MB Hydro operates the Churchill River Diversion. These communities, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation and Tataskweyak Cree Nation are asking to have “a meaningful say in what happens with the waterways…” and I wholly agree and, quite frankly, am surprised that we have to ask you for this.

Meaningful reconciliation between indigenous peoples and our government including its crown corporations must start with a desire to change. 

However, I have also learned that this letter and the communities of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation and Tataskweyak Cree Nation were ignored and that the final license for the Churchill River Diversion was agreed to and signed. 

Please consider this letter a formal rejection of the Churchill River Diversion final licence and a request for the immediate reversal of this decision.

I don’t want to participate in any more harm. Please do the right thing.

Thank you,

2. Copy the following email addresses and paste them in your To: field

mincc@leg.gov.mb.ca, contact@sarahguillemard.com, blair.mctavish@gov.mb.ca

3. Copy the following subject line and paste it in too.

Reverse the decision to grant the CRD final licence.

4. Tell all your friends!

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