protesters take case to Minnesota
Winnipeg Free Press
Members of several Manitoba First Nations communities
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
Displaced Residents of South Indian Lake took the trip
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
past has resulted in high rates of unemployment, depression
and suicide and has forced people to leave their homes
seek a better life.
They also claimed that new proposals by Hydro will worsen
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