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August 5, 2020
August 5, 2020 – The Innu First Nation of Pessamit reports it has joined forces with the Atikamekw First Nation of Wemotaci (both of Quebec) “to put an end to the stranglehold of the Quebec government and Hydro-Quebec on their traditional territories”.
Specifically, they demand compensation for Hydro-Quebec’s production facilities, reservoirs and transmission lines established “without their consent”, and are threatening to derail the utility’s New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project unless they get it.
“We’re surprised by this press release [from the Innu First Nation of Pessamit],” says Gary Sutherland, spokesperson with Hydro-Quebec. “We have had recent exchanges with both communities, including between our CEO [Sophie Brochu] and the community about four weeks ago. Since then, we have made contact five times, but not received any call back.”