August 19, 2014
Anishinabe Youth joined by On-to-Ottawa Caravan protesters at Kenora Mill
Kenora, Ontario—A delegation of youth from Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation), joined by nearly two dozen Anishinabe and non-Indigenous supporters carrying protest signs and banners, delivered today a letter and a set of demands to Weyerhaeuser at the Kenora Timberstrand Trus Joist Mill.
Grassy Narrows youth are rejecting the new logging plan for their territory.
“If the logging begins in our territory, I am certain there will already be planned strategies on our part to bring it to a complete halt,” says Taina Da Silva, a Grassy Narrows Youth organizer.
“Our organizing is connected through bloodline relations and teachings. Our mothers fought so we could have this land, so we will continue to fight for it,” says Edmond Jack, another Youth organizer in the community.
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Fourteen years ago grassroots Grassy Narrows trappers started a legal action against Ontario to stop cleacut logging from destroying their way of life. On May 15, Keewatin vs. MNR will finally be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ontario has made final plans for another decade of clearcut logging on Grassy Narrows Territory against the clear objections of the community.