Labrador judge sends another Inuk grandmother to St. John’s jail

Another Inuk grandmother sentenced to time in St. John’s jail for men.

APTN National News

For the second time in as many months, a judge in Goose Bay, Labrador has sent another Inuk grandmother 1,500 km south to a men’s jail in St. John’s.

Justice George Murphy sentenced Marjorie Flowers to jail for failing to sign an undertaking that would prevent her from protesting near the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

Flowers was part of a group that occupied the offices of Nalcor, the provincial agency responsible for managing the multi-billion dollar dam that is also billions of dollars over-budget.

Water protectors say flooding for the dam will poison the waters downstream.

Watch a video of the Water Protectors here: Marjorie Flowers

In May, Inuk grandmother Beatrice Hunter spent eleven days in jail for also refusing to sign a judge’s order to stay away from the site.

She was released without having to agree to stay away from the site.

Also on Friday, two Inuit elders, Jim Learning and Elred Davis, were both taken into custody after refusing to sign an undertaking to stay one kilometre away from Muskrat Falls.

“I think what you’re going to find, is you’re going to see some people refuse to sign the undertaking,” said Denise Cole, a land protector who has fought the project for years.

37 people face criminal charges, including mischief and disobeying a court order.

50 people are facing civil charges for breaching the court injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy.

They’re going to force the court to have to deal with them” said Cole. “There’s no more fear, we have nothing left to lose.”

Flowers, Davis and Learning will be back in court July 31.

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Trina Roache brings 18 years of journalistic experience to APTN Investigates. A member of the Glooscap First Nation in unceded Mi’kmaw territory, Trina has covered Indigenous issues from politics to land protection, treaty rights and more. In 2014, Trina won the Journalists for Human Rights/CAJ award for her series on Jordan’s Principle. She was nominated again in 2017 for a series on healthcare issues in the remote Labrador community of Black Tickle. Trina’s favorite placed is behind the camera, and is honoured when the people living the story, trust her to tell it.

2 thoughts on “Labrador judge sends another Inuk grandmother to St. John’s jail

  1. is
    some way to charge the judge with the violations he is imposing on the people?
    get after Justin to get rid of this racist judge

  2. That Judge is violating their Treaty Rights; as they are enshrined into the Canadian Constitution. Seems like that should be a focus in forcing their hand through their court system,

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