(Land protector Denise Cole, left, addresses Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett, and Labrador MP Yvonne Jones at a meeting in Goose Bay Sunday night.)
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Cheers and applause met three land protectors as they walked out of a Labrador courtroom Monday.
Jim Learning, Eldred Davis and Marjorie Flowers were charged with contempt of court for breaching an injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy, a provincially-owned Crown corporation.
On July 21, all three refused to sign an undertaking to stay one kilometre from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam and were taken into custody and sent to the St. John’s jail 1,500 km south.
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The land protectors have been fighting against the multi-billion dollar project, that is also billions of dollars over budget.
On the eve of the hearing, a group of Labrador land protectors crashed a meeting between Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Indigenous Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones, and Winnipeg Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette.
“We’re never satisfied until our people are free and the charges are all dropped,” said land protector Denise Cole.
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