First Nations protesters occupy grounds of Manitoba Hydro dam, refuse to leave

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Women watch and support their warriors as they confront dam and rcmp. Tyler Adam TurcotteTwitter Women watch and support their warriors as they confront dam and rcmp. Photo: Tyler Adam Turcotte. Twitter

October 19, 2014

Protesters from a northern Manitoba First Nation are occupying the grounds around 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 the grounds. 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 —…

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