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On October 19, over 100 people barricaded the gates of the dam construction site to prevent workers from entering.“I come from a very large family, and we would have starved without country food," says hunger striker Delilah Saunders, referring traditional food harvested from the land.
"It’s not just a necessity but it’s part of our culture, part of who we are.
The people here rely on food from the lake to feed their families, connect them with their culture, and pass on skills and identity to younger generations.
The dam is already billions of dollars over budget, and years behind schedule.
The project is also facing a very different energy market than when it was first given the go-ahead in 2008.
One of the drawings (c.1960-70) illustrated and described in Blodgett’s exhibition catalogue 198) entitled “The People Takatak, Kinuajuak and Kanavalik includes a text which reads, “The people Takatak, Kinuajuak and Kanavalik on land were wondering if the canoe was carrying white people or Indians.
They were scared because they never expected a boat in July.
On Wednesday, Nalcor said they expect methylmercury levels to rise in the lake’s fish over 5 to 15 years, to the point where people may be advised to stop eating it.