|During June 2005, petitions have been tabled in the Manitoba Legislature on behalf of Cree Nation band members. The petitions raise concerns about proposed hydro dams in northern Manitoba.
The petitions, signed by many Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) band members of Nelson House request Elections Manitoba to supervise the required community referendum votes for the Wuskwatim Hydro Dam.
A recent CBC Manitoba I-Team report also revealed questionable spending related
to promoting the Keeyask Dam to Tataskweyak Cree Nation (TCN) band members at
Split Lake Manitoba. The Auditor General of Manitoba has been asked to investigate
by the leaders of both Manitoba Opposition Parties.
In late 2004 eight hundred NCN band members signed a petition to the federal government to request a forensic audit of NCN finances. Over 40,000 individuals have also requested a full federal environmental review of the Wuskwatim Project.
View the full June 16, 2005 press release (DOC)
View the NCN Petition (JPG)
View the CBC I-Team report April 8, 2005
View previous ManitobaWildlands.org story: Nelson House Justice Seekers Petition Prime Minister
Source: DRSIL, NCN Justice Seekers, Canadian Press