Manitoba Métis fighting new hydro line licence

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WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Metis Federation is appealing an environmental licence granted for the construction of a controversial $3-billion hydro line.

President David Chartrand said the federation has formally registered an appeal with Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh. A plan to build a 1,300-kilometre transmission line up the west side of Lake Manitoba would have a significant impact on the Métis, he said.

The hydro line is to run through the heart of Métis territory and would affect traditional cultural activities such as hunting, gathering and trapping. The area is already under “significant environmental stress,” Chartrand added.

“The Manitoba government cannot continue to cavalierly ignore its constitutional obligations owing to the Manitoba Métis community in relation to new development in this province,” Chartrand said in a statement Wednesday.

The province’s Clean Environment Commission recommended in July that the government grant an environmental licence to the project, known as Bipole III. But the commission…

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