CROSS LAKE, Man. – Protesters from a northern Manitoba First Nation are occupying a generating station and have issued an eviction notice to Manitoba Hydro for what they say is a violation of their treaty rights.
More than 100 protesters from the Cross Lake First Nation north of Lake Winnipeg marched to the hydro dam Wednesday and some have refused to leave. In a letter to Hydro president Scott Thomson, Chief Catherine Merrick said the First Nation is taking control of its traditional territory and evicting the Crown corporation.
“You do not respect our rights,” she wrote in the letter dated Oct. 6. “You do not even respect or acknowledge who we are as people. Money and profit — that which you make off our traditional territory and people — is apparently all you care about.”
Treaties signed by the First Nation agreed to share the land with the Crown, as long as “you act honourably,” the letter states. Manitoba Hydro is guilty of fraud for using “these treaty lands for your own purposes regardless of what we, as the original title-holders, would have to say about it,” Merrick wrote.
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