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What does NB Power have to do with the extinction of the Wayúu in Colombia?

“We fear the Wayúu will become completely extinct,” warned Angélica Ortiz at a special hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. this past March. The Constitutional Court of Colombia agrees with Ortiz’s assessment. In 2009, the court named 34 indigenous nations in Colombia – including the Wayúu – to be in danger of physical or cultural extermination due to armed conflict and forced displacement. The court called the situation “an emergency which is as serious as it is invisible.” ….

What does NB Power have to do with the imminent extinction of the Wayúu? NB Power’s Belledune plant burns coal extracted from the mine threatening Ortiz’s indigenous community. Coal extracted from Cerrejón is exclusively exported to meet the energy demands of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Massachusetts and other areas.

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