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Metis criticize proposed hydro dam, Manitoba government for lack of consultation

May 8, 2014

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Metis are accusing the province of running roughshod over their constitutional rights in its haste to build a northern hydro dam to export energy to the United States.

David Chartrand, president of the Manitoba Metis Federation, said they will fight the proposed Keeyask generating station -- and the transmission line that goes along with it -- even as both inch closer to construction.

"This is the largest land swap we'll see happening, where we lose our rights to the land, since 1870," Chartrand said Wednesday. "We're losing 64 square kilometres. This has a massive effect on us."

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