Touring North West River and Shetshatshiu
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.
The community of Sheshatshiu, as seen from Lake Melville, NL. Photo Credit: Sheshatshiu Innu Band Council
The town of North West River sits on the opposite shore of Lake Melville, across from Sheshatshiu. Photo Credit: Labrador Heritage Museum.