A group of Land Protectors gathered outside Confederation Building early Monday morning. They eventually made their way inside for a meeting, and then sat between security and the main doors. They refused to leave until the Premier and Minister of Natural Resources agreed to halt the reservoir flooding at Muskrat Falls until clearcutting of the area was complete. Not clearcutting the reservoir will result in methylmercury contamination of the water ultimately poisoning the food resources used by Innu, Inuit, and others in the area for thousands of years.
The Premier has been completely silent on the issue since protest ramped up last week. Instead, his Minister of Natural Resources commented Monday evening from New York that the flooding will be going ahead despite concerns of experts, locals, national and international human rights groups, academics, and more.
The protestors left the building around 4pm on Monday. There are other actions taking place around the province. Check out The Independent for great coverage of what's happening on the ground, and Make Muskrat Right for more info on the issue and how to get involved.