Human Rights Violations

Damming rivers permanently disrupts the balance of ecosystems, displacing people and animals by destroying the environment that they have depended on for thousands of years. Hydro-Quebec, a New England supplier of hydropower, resettled thousands of First Nation communities and devastated their traditional fishing and hunting grounds.

Members of the Inuit, Metis, Innu, and Euro-Canadian communities have been protesting the Muskrat Falls megaproject for many years. Photo: Briarpatch Magazine.

The destruction of First Nation lands continues throughout Canada due to megadam construction and operation. In Labrador, where Hydro-Quebec gets power from the Upper Churchill, and has recently dammed the Lower Churchill at Muskrat Falls, Indigenous people and non-Indigenous allies have petitioned the United Nations on the grounds that the Muskrat Falls dam has gone ahead without the “free, prior and informed consent of all Indigenous affected.”  

Marjorie Flowers an Inuit woman From Labrador described the importation of hydropower into the U.S. from Canada as the equivalent of “the blood diamonds of Africa” on April 27, 2019.