Mercury Justice Now: Updates from Grassy Narrows

Join Judy Da Silva (Grassy Narrows), Lee Maracle (Sto:lo), Vanessa Gray (Aamjiwnaang) and other guests in Toronto

Monday, November 6 at 7pm

Room 610 – 155 College Street

Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto  (more…)

Grassy Narrows wins $85 million for a mercury cleanup!

Grassy Narrows wins $85 million for a mercury cleanup

After decades of unrelenting pressure from Grassy Narrows activists and their supporters, the Ontario government announced last month that they had dedicated $85 million to the remediation of the English-Wabigoon river system, which was contaminated with 9 tonnes of mercury in the 1960s by a paper mill.

This incredible step forward should be cause for celebration, but concerns remain that it can be undone by future governments. (more…)

Banner drop on Grassy Narrows territory

On May 18, 2017, a banner was installed to notify tourists that they are entering Grassy Narrows territory, where the lakes and river system are still contaminated by mercury dumping that occurred in the 1960s. 

The banner reads: “1962-1972. Grassy Narrows Territory. 99% Lakes Poisoned.”

Photographs by Taina Da Silva. 

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Two upcoming events in Grassy Narrows

March 30, 2017

Kiizoongatizimin Niimiitiwin

Pow-wow 

Location: Youth Center, Grassy Narrows 

1:00pm Grand Entry

8:00pm Travel Song

MC: Stanley Skead

Host Drum: Grassy Narrows Men (more…)

Grassy Narrows wins cleanup promise after 40 years!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Chief Simon Fobister received momentous news when he met Premier Kathleen Wynne on Friday.

Premier Wynne promised to him that Ontario would clean up the English-Wabigoon River system and the Dryden Mill and that this cleanup would be led by Grassy Narrows First Nation!

This is a moment for cautious celebration, but the work is not done. No schedule has been announced, and the remediation has not begun. Promises made before have been broken.

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Grassy Narrows Youth Gathering

 

Gathering August 20-22.

SOLIDARITY TO PROTECT OUR WATERS

Workshops, teachings, drumming, ceremonies, swimming, social dancing.

 

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Ontario and Canada Appeal Grassy’s Landmark Treaty Rights Legal Ruling

Today the Government of Ontario begins proceedings in the Ontario Court of Appeal seeking to overturn a major legal victory for Grassy Narrows Indigenous Nation in their decade long battle for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging on their territory – a practice known to raise mercury levels in fish. 

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Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Grassy Narrows Blockade!

Over 30 events across Turtle Island joined the Grassy Narrows Blockaders in celebrating their resistance, sovereignty, and action in defence of the earth on the 10th anniversary of the Slant Lake blockade.

Read media reports of the anniversary: click here.

RELEASE Dec. 3, 2012:  Grassy Narrows Blockaders protest logging on 10 year anniversary of blockade

RELEASE Dec. 2, 2012:  Sacred fire at Queens Park marks 10 years of the Grassy Narrows blockade

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Grassy Narrows Fall Harvest Activities

 

Wild Rice and Reconciliation

In August 2012, Alon Weinberg and other supporters went to Grassy Narrows for a multi-day wild rice harvesting expedition!  Alon shares his account of the slow, long, and rewarding experience of processing wild rice, called Manoomin in Anishinabemowin (Ojibway language), and how this traditional practice plays an important role in Grassy Narrow’s resurgence economy. 

Check out Alon’s Photos and Essay

Learn More about Ecotourism in Grassy Narrows

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First Nations youth walk from Kenora to Toronto

Youth aim to raise awareness about mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows First Nation

CBC News, May 23, 2012

Follow and support the walkers on Facebook

Six young people are making a 2,000 kilometre trek, on foot, from north of Kenora to Toronto to raise awareness about the legacy of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows First Nation.

“As a young person I want to focus (on) the younger crowd … and hope that one day they'll do something too, to keep the message going,” said one of the walkers, seventeen-year-old Edmond Jack during a stop-over in Thunder Bay on Tuesday.

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