The people of Grassy Narrows have sustained themselves for thousands of years on their traditional territory – 2,500 square miles of forest, lakes, rivers north of Kenora, Ontario. Now plans for clear-cut logging, mining and the legacy of residential schools, hydro damming, relocation, and mercury poisoning threaten to uproot their way of life.

Clan Mothers hold water ceremony to protect against oil spills – CN goes to court

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 Groups across Canada are calling on CN Rail to drop its injunction against Grassy Narows Clan Mother Judy Da Silva. Fifty Grassy Narrows people and supporters held a water ceremony near the CN track to protect against the threat of a spill of oil or other toxics that could contaminate Grassy Narrows’ water.  The CN line forms the southern boundary of Grassy Narrows Territory and runs directly beside a number of lakes.

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16 groups call on Wynne to support Grassy Narrows

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In a joint statement issued today, 16 social justice organizations, faith groups, trade unions, and environmental organizations are calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to immediately withdraw the provinces 10 year plan for clearcut logging on the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

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Grassroots Grassy Narrows people in Kenora. No logging in Grassy Narrows Territory.

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 Grassroots people from Grassy Narrows First Nation are demonstrating to remind the Province and Logging Industry that Grassroots People from Grassy Narrows remain firm in their commitment to protect the land from industrial logging.

 

 

 

 

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ON says ‘no’ to environmental assessment of clearcut mercury impacts

grassy narrowsOn the night before Christmas Grassy Narrows First Nation received notice that Ontario is rejecting the community’s request for an Individual Environmental Assessment of the mercury impacts from the controversial final plan for clearcut logging on their homeland.  Grassy Narrows is concerned that the planned clearcut logging will harm the health of their families by raising mercury poison levels in local fish – a traditional staple. 

 

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Blockade celebrates 12th anniversary

We, the women of Grassy Narrows, make a statement on behalf of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on resource extraction on our traditional harvesting lands since time immemorial.  

We are carriers of life and nation keepers of the Anishinabek peoples.

We will not allow resource extraction that destroys the habitat of our harvesting lands and waters…

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