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.

Grassy Narrows Community Members Walk to Protect Territory, Youth Group Release Statement on Logging

Ashley Loon water colourToday, community members in Grassy Narrows undertake a “Walk to Protect Grassy Narrows Traditional Land Use Area from Destruction.” The event is a display of ongoing resistance to industrial logging in their Territory by people in Grassy Narrows.

Today also, the Grassy Narrows Youth Group publicly released a position statement against logging signed by more than fifty young people. The statement is a reminder that the current generation of Youth is as committed to protecting the Territory as earlier generations from the community have been.

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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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