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Indigenous group to continue blockade at Keeyask dam construction site over COVID-19 concerns – On-Site Magazine

by ahnationtalk on May 20, 202039 Views

May 19, 2020

SPLIT LAKE, Man.—Members of northern Manitoba First Nations who are worried about the spread of COVID-19 say they will maintain blockades set up at the entrance to a hydroelectric construction site despite a court injunction.

“Is life more important than a job? If that virus comes into our area and people start getting sick, they won’t be able to work,” Tataskweyak Cree Nation band councillor Nathan Neckoway said May 19.

“There are people dying from this virus.”

Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench issued the injunction Monday ordering the removal of the blockade to the Keeyask Generation Station construction site, about 725 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg on the lower Nelson River.

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