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’ Litigation Against Ontario Begins

After nearly 10 years winding its way through legal process the Grassy Narrows Trappers' lawsuit is finally being heard in court.  The litigation challenges Ontario's authority to issue logging licenses on Grassy Narrows Territory.  Learn more.

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Charges against Grassy Narrows trapper dropped

The Crown has dropped all charges against Roberta Keesick, a Grassy Narrows trapper charged for building a log cabin on her family's traditional lands without a permit.  Similar charges against her non-native partner and helper, have also been dropped.  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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Mercury Still Killing in Grassy Narrows

Watch Videos from the River Run March and Rally

New River Run March and Rally Photos

Today, 40 years after their river was poisoned by mercury from a paper mill upstream, the health impacts on Grassy Narrows people are worse than ever.

Read on for the shocking health study, the press release,  fact sheet, and to take action.

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Paper giant shuns Grassy Narrows conflict wood

North America’s largest office paper producer, Domtar Corporation (UFS-T), has committed to stay clear of Grassy Narrows conflict wood, subject to the longest running Indigenous logging blockade in Canadian history. (more…)