Mercury Survivor Vigil on World Water Day

This Thursday, March 22 on World Water Day, Grassy Narrows will hold a Mercury Survivor Vigil to remember families poisoned by mercury.

The vigil will be held in Dryden, ON, where a pulp and paper mill dumped 10 tonnes of toxic mercury into the Wabigoon River in the 1960s, poisoning the people upstream. 

Here are two ways you can support this powerful action:

1) Make a donation. 

Please donate to make the Mercury Survivor Vigil a success. Anything helps! Donations will pay for gas, food, and materials. 

Send e-transfers to polepole_w@yahoo.ca.
Question: What is this for? 
Answer: grassyvigil

2) Share social media posts on Thursday.

Help amplify the action by sharing posts and news stories. Follow @FreeGrassy on Twitter to share updates from the vigil this coming Thursday.  

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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…)

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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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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