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. 

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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…)

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.


Chief Fobister to Trudeau: Commit now to clean our poisoned river


Tuesday January 17, 2017

Chief to Trudeau: Commit now to clean our poisoned river

Toronto – The Chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation is speaking out today after Prime Minister Trudeau committed last night, through a spokesperson, to take action on the mercury crisis in Grassy Narrows and the English-Wabigoon River watershed.  The statement said that the federal government “will continue working closely with the Province of Ontario and the First Nations to get to the bottom of the science, and the next steps necessary to deal with this issue once and for all.”


Evidence of mercury dump site discovered upstream from Grassy Narrows

Activists have found evidence of a mercury dump site.


Call Premier Wynne and demand a cleanup!

1. Read the instructions and list of demands below 
2. Call the Premier’s office at 416-325-1941 

Activists have found mercury contaminated soil behind the Dryden paper mill, upstream from Grassy Narrows. Today, the Toronto Star reported on their discovery. 

Water is Sacred: Voices from the Front Lines


Come hear Indigenous water defenders and mercury experts speak

Judy Da Silva, Grassy Narrows
Vanessa Gray, Aamjiwnaang
Waawaate Fobister, Grassy Narrows
Dr. Hanada, Open Research Centre for Minamata Studies, Japan

Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 6:30pm
University of Toronto, Room 1101 Sanford Fleming Building. 10 King’s College Road


ON misled public with baseless claim of mercury clean-up risk in Grassy Narrows

FreeGrassy-0304Government provides no evidence that recommended clean up would be risky. Minister recommended Grassy Narrows mercury clean up to cabinet in 1984. Scientists safely achieved ten-fold reduction in mercury in 1980s Wabigoon study.


Toronto – For months Premier Wynne has insisted that she strongly wants to clean up Grassy Narrows First Nation’s mercury poisoned river, but repeatedly she has warned that a clean up could do harm by stirring up buried mercury.  On Monday, a Toronto Star investigation revealed that Wynne’s repeated warnings of remediation risks are without basis in fact. 

When asked by the Star for evidence of the risks posed by the mercury clean up methods recommended by scientists for Grassy Narrows’ river, the government did not provide “any scientific evidence cautioning against these methods”.