Touring North West River and Shetshatshiu

Map of Sheshatshiu and North West River, which are located in an inlet a third of the way of the Labrador coastline.On our way back from the North West River Interpretation Centre, we visited the communities of North West River and Sheshatshiu, an Innu community. What we saw helped us to understand more of the history of Labrador, to see how colonization and confederation had driven the Indigenous peoples into deep poverty.  We also began to appreciate why some communities have welcomed the Muskrat Falls-Maritime Link Hydro-electric Project.  Land claim settlements with the government and benefits agreements with the developers have brought much-needed resources into Sheshatshiu and other Indigenous communities.

A view of the houses of Sheshatshiu in winter, from the water.The community of Sheshatshiu, as seen from Lake Melville, NL. Photo Credit: Sheshatshiu Innu Band Council

The town of North West River sits along the shore of Lake Melville, NL.The town of North West River sits on the opposite shore of Lake Melville, across from Sheshatshiu. Photo Credit: Labrador Heritage Museum.









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