Innu Solidarity with Joyce Echaquan – OKT Law

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Innu Solidarity with Joyce Echaquan – OKT Law

by ahnationtalk on October 13, 202079 Views

The Innu Round Table met on October 8, 2020 in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador. The Innu Round Table is a regular trilateral meeting between Labrador Innu representatives and federal and provincial officials, in which the Innu seek to address ongoing difficult issues dealing with programs and services.

Systemic racism is a reality that the Innu experience in many ways, particularly in services delivered by non-Innu providers such as in primary health & hospital services, policing, and child protection. These have often been topics of discussion at the Innu Round Table. On October 6, 2020, Innu Nation leaders launched their claim against Hydro-Québec (see the link here at claiming restitution for damages to the Innu people, their land  and culture caused by the construction 50 years ago of the Upper Churchill dam and massive Smallwood Reservoir. At the end of that press conference,  Innu Nation offered their condolences to Joyce’s family and their community.  Grand Chief Etienne Rich of Innu Nation told the Innu Round Table on October 8 that the Innu Nation was finally moving forward to address this environmental racism.

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