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Native protesters take case to Minnesota
Winnipeg Free Press
06/12/03


Members of several Manitoba First Nations communities took
their protest against Manitoba Hydro south yesterday,
protesting outside and ultimately speaking in Xcel Energy's
annual shareholders meeting in Minneapolis.

Around 25 people from Nelson House and the Members of the
Displaced Residents of South Indian Lake took the trip to
protest Manitoba Hydro's past treatment of First Nations
people and to try to halt current proposals.

They claimed that flooding caused by Manitoba Hydro in the
past has resulted in high rates of unemployment, depression
and suicide and has forced people to leave their homes to
seek a better life.

They also claimed that new proposals by Hydro will worsen
the situation.

Xcel Energy is Manitoba Hydro's biggest trading partner,
purchasing around 30 per cent of its electricity.

Elected officials from both Nelson House and South Indian
Lake First Nations groups said they are happy with their
working relationship with Manitoba Hydro and that the
protesters do not represent the majority of people from
those regions.


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