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Premier Dwight Ball is promising to meet with aboriginal leaders in Labrador after protesters breached the gate and occupied the Muskrat Falls work site on Saturday.

He added that water levels will not be raised above the falls until after that meeting has happened.

“Today, during a scheduled protest at the Muskrat Falls site entrance, about 50 people and several vehicles breached the main gate,” Ball said in a statement. “Since then, I have been in contact with the Innu Nation, the Nunatsiavut Government, the NunatuKavut Community Council, and my Labrador MHAs to discuss the situation occurring onsite today. Currently, my priority is the safety of both protesters and workers with this change in events at the site.

“On Tuesday, we have a scheduled meeting with leaders and representatives from the Innu Nation, the Nunatsiavut Government as well as the NunatuKavut Community Council. Until this meeting has occurred, Nalcor will do nothing to increase water levels above the falls.

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“My office and I have been working closely with Labrador MHAs, appropriate cabinet ministers, and senior executives of Nalcor to work towards resolve (sic). We urge protesters to remain peaceful and be respectful in their actions for the safety of both themselves and workers onsite.”

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