Amnesty International Backs Grassy Narrows

In March, Amnesty International released a briefing to the United Nations, criticizing Canadian officials for allowing logging to proceed in Grassy Narrows over the clear opposition of the community and in violation of Indigenous rights protected by Treaties and other international law.

Grassy youth build new cabins at blockade

Grassy Narrows youth are building two new cabins at the Slant Lake blockade site.  The cabins will be used for hunting, fishing, and housing elders, guests, and community members who visit the blockade.  The cabin building is part of a process of reclamation and revival for Grassy Narrows where people are using the land on their territory to empower themselves and to sustain their families, revive their culture and heal their community.

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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.

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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.

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Grassy Narrows Clan Mothers block MNR enforcement team

Grassroots women are blocking passage for Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR ) enforcement officers interfering with back-road repair work by the northwestern Ontario First Nations community.  The community is repairing washouts and beaver damage to nearby back-roads to facilitate their ongoing use and enjoyment of their traditional territory.

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