Melissa Ridgen Gives the Latest on Grassy Narrows

For decades, the community of Grassy Narrows in Northwestern Ontario has been battling mercury contamination on their land, in their water and food sources.

This started when a paper mill in Dyrden, Ont., upstream from the community, dumped more than 9,000 kilograms of mercury in the English Wabigoon River system.

It was a practice that took place between 1962 and 1970. Community leaders have been calling on provincial and federal governments to do a full cleanup of the mercury – to no avail.

But there are now reports the federal government will get involved.

APTN Investigates reporter Melissa Ridgen has been following the story.