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
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.  


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. 


Two upcoming events in Grassy Narrows

March 30, 2017

Kiizoongatizimin Niimiitiwin


Location: Youth Center, Grassy Narrows 

1:00pm Grand Entry

8:00pm Travel Song

MC: Stanley Skead

Host Drum: Grassy Narrows Men (more…)

Chemical in some Weyerhaeuser products designated as “known to cause cancer”

Some Weyerhaeuser iLevel products contain low levels of formaldehyde, a chemical that the U.S. government’s National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens recently listed formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen” following a “rigorous scientific review.


Minister forced to intervene in Grassy road dispute

Grassroots women are blocking Segise Road to keep Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) enforcement officers out, so that the community can repair a bridge used to access the territory. The government had said they will only allow the road to be repaired if the community agrees to logging on the territory, but under increasing pressure and public scrutiny the Minister has been forced to step in to try and resolve the dispute.


Saggaate Gathering at Grassy Blockade June 2011

A ceremonial gathering is being planned at the blockade site.  The common ground will be the ceremony to be for the land the people and our future generations. So we are inviting all singers, pipe carriers, drum keepers, ceremonial people and hunters  to come for ceremony and anticipated evening feasts, and social dances.


The Women Behind the Grassy Narrows Blockade Speak

Come hear from three of the women who have helped initiate and sustain the Grassy Narrow blockade.  Through their actions they are empowering the youth in their community, reclaiming control over their territory, reviving their culture, and defending our earth. (more…)

Grassy Narrows blockade enters 9th year

Grassy Narrows Blockade 8th Anniversary December 2, 2010

by Judy Da Silva
 on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:22am

December 2, 2002 was the day the community of grassy narrows people set up a human blockade against logging trucks. Read on for reflections from Grassy Narrows on 8 years of the blockade.