We began the project by engaging women with different kinds of knowledge about resource development and those most likely to be adversely affected by the Muskrat Falls-Maritime Link Hydroelectric Project.
We extended invitations to women from different social and geographic locations:
- Indigenous, racialized, and non-Indigenous communities in Labrador, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia;
- environmental and social justice organizations;
- the labour movement;
- various levels of government, and;
- women engaged in relevant community and university research.
Twenty women, including twelve invited participants and eight project team members, took up the challenge of engaging in on-going dialogue about the implications of the Muskrat Falls-Maritime Link Hydroelectric Project for women, their families, and communities.
We are proud to present the women of Building Links
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"We are Labrador people rooted here in the Big Land...We are all impacted when the land is impacted...If you do something to the land, you do something to our lives." - Gail Baikie
"We don't need anyone to speak for us, but we need people to get people to listen to us." - Petrina Beals
"I needed this. I didn't know how much I needed this...Running from meeting to meeting, I've been taking this energy with me." - Denise Cole
"You can hear the links being built...this whole group was very emotional, in a good way." - Sandra Earle
"We need to know what people on the ground are experiencing and the only way of doing that is to get out into the community and ask people what’s happening in their lives." - Vicki Hallett
"Oh woman, oh woman, oh what can she be, wherever she is, she is ne-ce-ssar-y!" - Lynn Jones
"I'm so happy to have been able to come here and grateful to all the Labrador women for being so welcoming and sharing their incredibly powerful stories with us." - Susan Manning
"This is what this is all about, bringing people together to minimize the impacts. It's about women working together for the benefit of all."- Trish Nash
"This place was wilderness last year and soon its going to be gone..."- Carla Pamak