Free Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors James Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis
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(Photo: Marjorie Flowers, James Learning, and Eldred Davis, who have spent years seeking to protect the lands, waters, and people downstream from Muskrat Falls, are now behind bars for their peaceful protection actions because the colonial court system is acting as an agent for a project that will produce methylmercury poisoning and the very real threat of catastrophic dam break and mass drowning.)
Inuk Elder James Learning (aged 79) was jailed indefinitely on Friday, July 21 for refusing to stop his own efforts to protect Labrador residents from poisoning and drowning at the Muskrat Falls project. Also jailed for protecting the land and water July 21 were Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. Learning and Davis (NunatuKavut) and Flowers (Nunatsiavut) are part of a larger group (including a journalist) facing ongoing, serious court proceedings for their nonviolent actions.
This new round of jailing Indigenous people and their allies comes on the heels of the incarceration in May of Inuk Grandmother Beatrice Hunter, another Labrador Land Protector thrown in jail for trying to save the future of her land and people from a Trudeau-backed mega hydro project at Muskrat Falls being led by the Newfoundland and Labrador Government and their crown corporation Nalcor. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/jim-learning-custody-breaching-injunction-muskrat-falls-1.4215759
The Muskrat Falls project will poison the water, land, and all life forms with methyl mercury for generations to come. It is built in part on quick clay, which moves, leaving open the possibility of a catastrophic dam collapse. Scores of Indigenous and non-Indigenous land protectors face serious charges for peacefully trying to stop this dangerous, unnecessary project. http://theindependent.ca/2017/03/18/land-protectors-face-criminal-charges-for-defending-water-food-culture/
We are calling on the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball, who is ALSO Minister of Labrador, Intergovernmental, and Indigenous Affairs, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett, to immediately intervene and meet the following demands:
1. Immediate release of James G. Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis.
2. Dropping of all charges against Labrador Land Protectors and lifting of the anti-democratic injunction against land protectors brought by NALCOR Energy
3. Cancel the Muskrat Falls hydro project because it is too dangerous in the short and long term, whether from catastrophic collapse of the North Spur (which is built on quick clay, which moves) or from methyl mercury poisoning.
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