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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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.

For press releases and fact sheets click here.

See great pictures from River Run 2014

Read media reports about River Run 2014

Watch TV coverage of the River Run week

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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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