— INNU NATION —
A BILL THAT IS 50 YEARS PAST DUE
On October 6, 2020, the Innu Nation of Labrador filed a $4 billion claim against Hydro-Québec in
the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador as compensation for the illegal taking of their
land in Labrador in 1969 to build the Churchill Falls Generating Station. The damming of the
Churchill River to create the power station caused more than 6,500 square kilometres of traditional Innu
territory to be flooded, destroying their land, hunting grounds, traditions, and way of life. The Innu
were never consulted by Hydro-Québec, nor were they informed that the damming of the River
would submerge vast areas of cultural, historical, and spiritual significance. The time has come
for Hydro-Québec to take responsibility and to compensate the Innu for what it took from them.
The bill is 50 years past due.