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 marks 50 years of mercury poison

Grassy Narrows calls on ON to fund permanent community run environmental monitoring station; 2010 study shows mercury in fish still often above safe level

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River Run 2012. Native rights now. No mercury, no clearcuts.

Please join us in Toronto for River Run 2012, where we’ll continue a tradition of community lead action for justice—for our people, and for the protection of the water, air, and forests that give life to us all.

Photos of River Run 2012 events

Short video of River Run 2012

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ON Court of Appeal orders no logging without consent on Grassy Narrows Territory north of the English River during appeal of landmark legal victory

Toronto – The government of Ontario has agreed not to allow logging without the consent of Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) in a vast part of Grassy Narrows Territory in the Whiskey Jack Forest north of the English River while the appeal of Keewatin v. MNR is underway.

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Grassy Narrows Chief and Council denounce Whiskey Jack Management Direction

Grassy Narrows Chief and Council are strongly denouncing the Long Term Management Direction (LTMD) for the Whiskey Jack Forest recently released unilateraly by the Province.  The LTMD plans for new clearcutting in Grassy Territory against the will of Grassy Narrows.

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Boycott Weyerhaeuser Winnipeg Launch

Winnipeg Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement is calling for a complete boycott of logging gian Weyerhaeuser's forest products to support the Grassy Narrows blockade.

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