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New book details lasting effects of hydroelectric projects in Manitoba – APTN News

May 24, 2022

Manitoba Hydro, founded in 1961 as a provincial crown corporation, has provided low electricity rates for customers, largely in the south of the province, to the detriment of the people who call the north home.

“It’s part of the identity of Manitoba and since the ‘60s, there are a variety of dams that have been built in northern Manitoba that have been controversial,” says Aimée Craft, on the latest episode of Face to Face.

“They’ve been the subject of a re-negotiated agreement, the northern flood agreement and often this was on the backs of First Nations and with significant impact on lands, waters, territories in the north.”

Craft, who is Anishinaabe/Metis, is a lawyer, academic and author from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba.

She is the co-editor of In Our Backyard Keeyask and the Legacy of Hydroelectric Development.  The book was launched on May 17 and amplifies the voices of Indigenous peoples impacted by Manitoba Hydro dams.

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