Kahnawake development research project
Organization profile published 1983
Year Published: 1983
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2845
Abstract: The Mohawk Nation has expressed its opposition to Hydro-Quebec's plan, Project Archipelego, to build a dam in the area of the Lachine Rapids. The opposition arises not only from the intrusion into Mohawk teritory, but also from the disruption to the environment.
As a spokesperson notes, Mohawk cultural and spiritual belief is that "creation should be shared with all the creatures of the creator. With this, there is also another belief of our people that this part of the world has been put in our trust to be protected from destruction or anything that will cause permanent damages to any of the forms of life that cohabitate this part of the planet." Accordingly, "our concern extends to the disruption and destruction of our relatives in the water life. They have already been severely injured by the construciton of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the numerous other projects that have been illegally placed within our territories.
Although Kanienkehada (the Mowahk people) constitute only 5,000 people, they hope their opposition will have the effect of a 'ripple caused by a drop in a pond." They call for others to join them in the struggle, through letter-writing, and forming support groups or joining ones already begun, so that a later confrontation between the Mohawk people and Hydro-Quebec can be avoided.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983.