River Run 2014 – Water is Sacred

grassynarrowsJoin Grassy Narrows families and their supporters as they walk in Toronto for clean water and Indigenous rights this July 31.

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Grassy Narrows at the Supreme Court

ALGrassyNarrowsRiverRunBannerFourteen 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.   

 

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MNR backs down, won’t log in Grassy Narrows this year

Grassy-youth-blockade-smallUnder intense pressure Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti has reversed his position on logging in Grassy Narrows Territory this year. A logging plan made final by the MNR on December 23rd showed large clearcuts throughout Grassy Narrows Territory scheduled to take effect on April 1. The Minister now says that no clearcutting will happen this year on a huge area 18 times the size of the City of Toronto (11,304 sq km). The decision comes on the heals of boycotts, a request for environmental assessment from Grassy Narrows, and calls for renewed blockades by Regional Chi

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Major logging company vows to avoid Grassy Narrows conflict wood

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Giant lumber firm vows to stay clear of Grassy Narrows

EACOM Timber Corporation has committed not to use conflict wood from Grassy Narrows First Nation Territory, home of Canada's longest running Indigenous logging blockade. The promise comes just one week before Ontario's contentious new ten-year clearcut logging plan for Grassy Narrows Territory in the Whiskey Jack Forest is scheduled to take effect. Ontario Regional Chief Stand Beardy has called for immediate blockades if logging resumes under the plan.

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Grassy Narrows Youth Reject Logging Plan

13659507f1Grassy 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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