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Business and Reconciliation (92)

Commission of Inquiry into Muskrat Falls Project

July 29, 2020

NationTalk – Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador provided an update on the progress of recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into the Muskrat Falls Project. The final report was released to the public on March 10, 2020. Government has accepted the goals and objectives of all the recommendations in the commission’s report. Government established a deputy ministers’ steering committee to oversee the implementation of all the recommendations including the 17 key and ancillary recommendations outlined in Volume 1.
Key Finding # 13 PROGRESS: Executive Council developing a Terms of Reference and engaging a consultant. Timeline: Short Term – Up to 6 months.

Key Finding # 13 of the Muskrat Falls Final Report issued on Mar. 10, 2020 stated:

GNL failed to ensure that it and Nalcor acted fairly in its consultations related to Indigenous Peoples and environmental matters. While not speaking to GNL’s legal obligation regarding consultation with the Indigenous groups in Labrador, GNL did not act appropriately from a fairness perspective with the Nunatsiavut Government, the NunatuKavut Community Council and the Innu of Ekuanitshit. GNL and Nalcor created an environment of mistrust and suspicion by not allowing all of the Indigenous Peoples and other concerned citizens to engage in a meaningful and transparent consultation process. This mistrust and suspicion led to protests that caused Project delays and significant cost overruns