Winnipeg, Man. — A group of Pimicikamak citizens from Cross Lake will arrive at Manitoba Hydro headquarters tomorrow, June 19, to deliver their own version of the “Friendly Reminder Notices” that Hydro has sent to many homes in Cross Lake.
The notice will be accompanied with the signatures of over 1,000 Pimicikamak citizens behind the action.
The friendly notice will remind Hydro of its legal and moral commitment to ensure that all hydro-affected communities share in the abundant wealth created by the dams.
Since last fall, Hydro has begun cutting off some of the roughly 280 Cross Lake households believed to be on its disconnection list.
The citizen’s group will hold a press conference:
– outside Manitoba Hydro’s downtown office, on the Graham Avenue side, at 10:30 am on June 19.
– They will attempt to deliver the notice to Hydro CEO Scott Thomson.
“We want to be able to pay our bills,” says William Osborne , who speaks for the group, “but we also want Hydro to honour its obligations to us.”
Those two things go together. “When we consented to the hydro project in our homeland, Hydro and governments promised to work with us to address poverty and unemployment,” says Osborne, a former Pimicikamak Vice Chief. “If they would have fulfilled these commitments over the past three decades, far more of us would be able to pay our bills now.”
For him, the underlying question is simple: “who owes who?”
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