The Grand River Keepers (GRK) and the Labrador Land Protectors
(LLP) have constituted Labrador’s most steadfast opposition to the Muskrat
Falls project. Though relatively small in number they have had an out-sized
influence on public awareness in Labrador and throughout the province.
government or town councils, the issues with which they have grappled –
methylmercury and concerns regarding public safety, like the North Spur stability
problem – they have advanced rational public policy themes which are important
to every citizen.
non-aboriginal people alike; individuals who have often felt that the Native Groups
and the Town Councils, including the one in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, have been
far too willing to take Nalcor’s strings-attached largesse in return for deference
and for keeping quiet.
With little funding, the GRK has attempted intervention at the
PUB and been rejected. They have campaigned for notice of environmental and
other issues across Canada and the U.S. Both the GRK and LLP have written
briefs to governments, and have frequently intervened (unsuccessfully) with their
Labrador MHAs and Cabinet Ministers.
offices and at Confederation Building. Some of their membership have been
arrested for their well-publicized acts of civil disobedience; some have gone
to jail in the earnest belief that no other kind of intervention would be
discipline, and love for their Labrador home. Theirs is a concern for a natural
environment that is rare in the world, delicate and precious, and above all threatened
mostly by injudicious development, insincere governments and by standards and
regulations that can be modified when political interests dictate.
of a great many people within Labrador and without. They are an inspiration to
those who are fed up with deaf governments, those concerned about eroding
institutions and those determined to speak truth to power.
have strained their resources in the determined effort to be heard.
group but it is a platform for all groups when an unfiltered loudspeaker is needed
to warn and to influence change. It is here to tell the public when their
political leadership has allowed the values and the principles of the many to
be undermined by the interests of the few.