Great expectations

NCC, premier discuss land claim negotiations

Published on January 18, 2016

Good things are expected in the near future for Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) met with Premier Dwight Ball in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Jan. 12 and said they are optimistic about what they discussed.
NCC president Todd Russell said they touched upon a number of issues, including the Lower Churchill and the groups’ ongoing land claim negotiations.
“We talked in length about our land claim and Premier Ball reiterated his commitment to supporting land claim negotiations with the federal government,” Russell said in a press release. “NCC firmly believes that a land claim agreement would have a tremendous impact on securing the overall well-being of our people and would have far-reaching benefits throughout the province. “
Russell said he raised the issue of the groups’ concerns regarding the Muskrat Falls project, specifically their environmental concerns.
“I took this opportunity to again raise the negative effects that this project has on our communities and our traditional way of life,” he said. “Although we are disappointed that this is not being dealt with as part of the recently announced comprehensive review of Muskrat Falls, I am hopeful that the concerns will be addressed through other avenues.”
Ball also reiterated his commitment to Labrador as the Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs and Russell said he was happy with the importance Ball is placing upon the post and his commitments to work with the people of Labrador.
“I am optimistic that it is a strong first step in building a new relationship of respect, reconciliation and trust,” Russell said.