Carol Kobliski has lived with her family in Nisichawayasihk (Nelson House) her whole life. Carol is a survivor of the Churchill River Diversion project which has heavily impacted her family. ” We lived on an island, like 5 other families……as a child, little did I know what happened growing but as I got older, I was once again impacted by Manitoba Hydro, as my community was settling with Manitoba Hydro with the Northern Flood Agreements and then being impacted again with the Wuskwatim dam, that my community became 33% partners with Manitoba Hydro. I remember a quote my grandfather said to some elders back in the days….he said to them don’t ever trust “Manitoba Hydro”, they are going to destroy our land and way of living…..I was only 12 when I heard that, not knowing what he meant….but now I’m seeing what he meant….”
Les Dysart is a life long resident of South Indian Lake who grew up on the shores of the lake. He is a hunter, Commercial fisher and trapper. Les is also the CEO of the Community Association of SIL who signed a compensation agreement with MB Hydro and Manitoba in relation to the CRD. SIL was the third largest Lake Whitefish Fishery in North America and was once prosperous. He has witnessed first hand the devastation of Hydro development and a long time advocate for MB Hydro to operate responsibly to the people they impact.
Gerald McKay was born and raised in Grand Rapids during the construction of the dam. He is a commercial fisherman on Lake Winnipeg and has fished for about thirty years. Gerald graduated from Red River College in the Business Administration program, and is also a certified Project Manager.
Rita Frances Monias is from Pimicikamak Cross Lake, and has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of General Studies, and a Counselling Certificate. Rooting back from 1993, Rita has been very passionate and dedicated towards environmental justice and human rights. Rita Monias was inspired by her father, who was also supported by her mother, who fully encouraged her to pursue going to education to learn more about how the government and corporations were impacting the environment and rights of the community.