Pictures: Grassy Narrows Speaks

Over 300 people gathered in Toronto at Ryerson University on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 to hear from Judy Da Silva and Chief Simon Fobister of Grassy Narrows, Andrea Chrisjohn from Toronto Council Fire and filmmaker Avi Lewis. The event also included powerful speeches from Grassy Narrows youth who also performed their hit song ‘Home to Me‘. 

Make sure to join Grassy Narrows on Thursday, June 2nd at 12pm at Queens Park in Toronto for River Run 2016. If you haven’t yet, please sign this petition

Photo Credits: Allan Lissner and Taina Da Silva


Grassy Narrows to UN: Time for Trudeau to walk the talk

ALGrassyNarrowsRiverRunBannerToday Grassy Narrows First Nation addressed an expert committee of the United Nations which is currently reviewing Canada and Ontario’s record on human rights.  Grassy Narrows is calling on the UN to hold Canada to account for failing to clean up mercury poison in their river and neglecting to provide safe tap water. 


River Run 2016: Healthy river, healthy people.


May 31 & June 2: Grassy Narrows people will travel 1,700 km to Toronto to call on Ontario Premier Wynne to finally clean up the 9,000 kg of mercury that were dumped in our river in the 1960’s.  Join us as at two key events we demand justice for our people and protection for the waters and forests that give life.


Blockaders celebrate 13 years


On December 2nd Grassy Narrows celebrated 13 years of the Slant Lake Blockade.  In 2002 youth, women, landusers, and elders put their bodies on the line to stop the clearcut logging of their homeland and to protect their health,way of life and rights.

Read on for statements from grassroots blockaders and friends of Grassy Narrows.


Grassy Narrows sues Ontario over mercury health threat from clearcut logging

grassy narrowsToday the Grassy Narrows First Nation is filing legal proceedings against Ontario asking the Divisional Court to overturn provincial plans for a decade of clearcut logging on Grassy Narrows’ homeland. 

This small Indigenous community fears that clearcut logging will release mercury into local waterways further poisoning local fish and people who are already bearing the burden of mercury that was dumped into their river by a paper mill in the 1960s.  Grassy Narrows alleges that the logging plan will prolong and deepen the ongoing tragedy of mercury poisoning in their community and therefore violates their Charter rights to security and freedom from discrimination.  This could become the first case to successfully use the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect people against harm and discrimination arising from environmental degradation.