This was the emotional moment when hunger strikers protesting the Muskrat Falls dam project in Labrador heard their struggle was over, and that all their demands were being met.
On Wednesday, they got word that government and Indigenous leaders had reached an agreement to address environmental concerns, satisfying the hunger strikers' requests.
The agreement appears to have ended a weeks-long stalemate between the government and local communities over the $15-billion project.
Indigenous groups have long warned that flooding for the dam will poison surrounding water and food sources with methylmercury, a powerful neurotoxin with serious health side effects.
Reaction to the agreement from the protesters occupying the dam site has been mixed, with some vowing to stay, according to APTN.
But for Gauthier, and his fellow strikers Delilah Saunders and Jerry Kolhmeister, it was still a happy occasion.
Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.
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