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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Clan Mothers Conduct Ceremony north of English River


Four clan mothers from Grassy Narrows have built a wigwam on an isolated logging road in the northern end the community’s traditional land use area to push for an end to the destruction caused by industrial development.

Grand&Toy/OfficeMax paper supplier backs Grassy Narrows

Boise Inc., the largest paper supplier to OfficeMax/Grand&Toy announced that it will suspend purchasing from clear cuts in Grassy Narrows by June.

Sovereignty Sleepover, May 26-29 2008.

On May 26th Indigenous communities will gathered at Queen’s Park to uphold our duty to protect the land, forest, water, and air and to promote respect for our Indigenous rights to say no to economic exploitation and environmental destruction.  For media coverage, photos, blogs, and more click here

Logging Suspended in Grassy Narrows

Read the full story including press coverage and background documents.

Calvert Divests Weyerhaeuser

Calvert, one of the largest "socially responsible"  mutual fund managers in the U.S. has divested from from Weyerhaeuser citing concerns over Weyerhaeuser's violations of the human rights of Indigenous people in Grassy Narrows.  Calvert manages over $13 billion dollars in funds.  June 15, 2009. (more…)