Family fears for life of 74-year-old aboriginal hunger striker in N.L.
Muskrat Falls, on the Churchill River in Labrador, is shown in a Feb., 2011 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:04AM EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Relatives of a 74-year-old aboriginal elder in Labrador say they fear for his life now that he's in the sixth day of a hunger strike.
James Learning is protesting construction of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in central Labrador.
He was arrested Friday for slowing traffic on a highway near the project.
Family and friends say Learning is refusing food to fight a court injunction that they say restricts access to traditional hunting grounds.
A longtime friend says Learning is prepared to die for his cause.
Learning is a member of the NunatuKavut Community Council, which represents the Inuit-Metis of southern Labrador.
The group's president, former Liberal MP Todd Russell, was also arrested Friday.