First Nation prepares for 2011 removal of dam in New Brunswick
The Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick anxiously awaiting the removal of a dam.

Band leaders and members say the Eel River Dam destroyed their way of life. The fish and shellfish they depended on went away when the dam went up 47 years ago.

"It was a major assault on our community, on the environment. It took away some of the gifts that the creator has given our people," council member Gordon Labillois told CBC News.

The band sang a traditional Mi'kmaq song as the gates to the dam were opened on Tuesday for the first phase of the removal project. The dam is expected to be fully removed in 2011.

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