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Rupert River changes dramatically after diversion project

Riviere_Rupert_008_950.jpgNovember 7th marks the first anniversary of the day the doors of the dam closed on the Rupert River. Many Crees witnessed the event. This week, Winschgaoug brings you a special series looking at how the diversion of the Rupert River by Hydro Quebec has changed the lives of the Crees who live, fish and travel on that river.

Saunders Weistche is a tallyman. Betsy Longchap sat down with him at his home in Waskaganish this summer to talk about the changes he is seeing.

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Waskaganish Chief Steve Diamond talks about the impacts of the diversion on his community.

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Waskaganish Youth Chief Samson Weistche was in favour of the hydro project but now regrets that position.

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Starr Hester, a young father from Waskaganish, has participated in past canoe brigades. Betsy Longchap spoke with him this summer.

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Those who have participated in the canoe brigades over the years have seen up close how hydroelectric development has changed the river.

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