|Summary||On Canada’s Eastern shore, the formerly nomadic Innu of Labrador are facing destruction|
On Canada's Eastern shore, the formerly nomadic Innu of Labrador are facing destruction. Their homeland is called Nitassinan, a vast area of slow-growth boreal forests the size of Britain, and it is rich with caribou, bear, beaver, otter and porcupine. In the past generation, the 2,000 Innu living here have been settled into villages in the name of progress. Now they are mostly disconnected from their traditional lifestyle. Today, as a result, alcoholism is widespread, life expectancy is low, and diabetes affects more than half the population.
Jules Pretty (Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex and author of The Earth Only Endures) writes in Resurgence 247 March/April 2008.