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Pimicikamak elder weighs in on Manitoba premier’s hydro apology – CBC

by pmnationtalk on January 22, 2015664 Views

Jan 21, 2015

Premier Greg Selinger delivered landmark apology for damages caused by hydro development

At least one elder from a northern Manitoba First Nation, where Premier Greg Selinger delivered a landmark apology this week, says a statement was long overdue for the damages caused by hydroelectric development to the land and water.

Selinger travelled to the Pimicikamak Cree Nation on Tuesday to issue a formal apology, on behalf of the provincial government, to members of the community — also known as Cross Lake — for the environmental and social harm caused by the Jenpeg hydroelectric dam over the past four decades.

“The premier should apologize to the muskrats, to the beavers, to the fish, to the moose,” said Jackson Osborne, a Pimicikamak elder who has been documenting changes to Nelson River and the land near his community over the past 30 years.

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