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Muskrat Falls protest held in Corner Brook

Pam Campbell of Rigolet attended the Make Muskrat Right protest in Corner Brook.
Pam Campbell of Rigolet attended the Make Muskrat Right protest in Corner Brook.

Pam Campbell may be going to school in Stephenville, but that doesn’t remove her from what’s happening back home in Labrador.

 “I’m proud to be Inuit, I’m proud to be from Labrador. I’m proud of my way of life and how I was raised and everything that my father taught me,” she said as tears streamed down her face outside the Corner Brook courthouse on Tuesday.

Just minutes before Campbell was part of a Muskrat Falls protest that saw more than 60 people gather to support a call to “Make Muskrat right.”

Campbell is from the small coastal town of Rigolet, and she said it’s hard not to get emotional as she thinks of the problems the hydroelectric project could bring.

She’s concerned about the flooding of the reservoir, the possible contamination to fish and other wildlife from methylmercury that could result in the loss of a way of life for the people that rely on the land for food.

 “I’m proud to be Inuit, I’m proud to be from Labrador. I’m proud of my way of life and how I was raised and everything that my father taught me,” she said as tears streamed down her face outside the Corner Brook courthouse on Tuesday.

Just minutes before Campbell was part of a Muskrat Falls protest that saw more than 60 people gather to support a call to “Make Muskrat right.”

Campbell is from the small coastal town of Rigolet, and she said it’s hard not to get emotional as she thinks of the problems the hydroelectric project could bring.

She’s concerned about the flooding of the reservoir, the possible contamination to fish and other wildlife from methylmercury that could result in the loss of a way of life for the people that rely on the land for food.

There have been many protests against the project, but Campbell said it has felt like no one was hearing the their voices.

With the flooding of the reservoir ready to begin there is now more of an urgency. “It’s happening now. If we do nothing now, that’s it.”

That’s why when she got a message from her friend Jodene Hopkins, who is also from Rigolet and now living in Corner Brook, asking if would help with a protest here, she said yes in hopes that “people see us, and they hear us.”

An inukshuk in the colours of the Labrador flag.

From the crowd that gathered and carried signs against the project, Campbell said she gained motivation.

“It’s not just Labrador. It’s not just our little town of Rigolet. People do hear us. They are listening. They do care.”

She’s realistic and knows it’s gone pat the point of shutting down the project. “But I believe they should be able to do it right.”

To her that’s having a full removal of all topsoil and vegetation of the reservoir area.

With the protest here and others in Goose Bay, Nain and all over the province Campbell said “they (the province and Nalcor) have to listen to us.”

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