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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Northwest Newsweek – February 14, 2014

Ontario Regional Chief, Treaty 3 Grand Chief back up Grassy Narrows

 

ALGrassyNarrowsRiverRunBannerOntario Regional Chief Stan Beardy, and Treaty 3 Grand Chief Warren White are speaking out in support of Grassy Narrows' fight against clearcut logging and for Indigenous Rights.

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy has called for an immediate blockade of logging operations if the Ontario government’s plan to allow clear-cutting of mature trees within the Grassy Narrows First Nation territory goes forward.

 

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Grassy Narrows requests environmental assessment of logging plan. Clearcutting will elevate mercury poison in fish.

Clearcut on Grassy Narrows TerritoryGrassy Narrows First Nation is calling for a thorough environmental assessment of the newly approved plan for clearcut logging on their Territory – an important test of Ontario’s environmental laws.  Grassy Narrows is concerned that the planned logging could harm the health of their families by raising mercury poison levels in local fish.  The logging plan makes no mention of mercury, even though Grassy Narrows Territory is the site of Canada’s most infamous case of mercury poisoning arising from 9,000 kg of mercury that was dumped into a local river by a paper mill upstream in the 1960’s.  Scientific studies indicate that clearcut logging in the boreal forest can raise mercury in fish to unsafe levels. 

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Wynne ruins Xmas in Grassy Narrows, logging plan approved

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Wynne ruins Xmas in Grassy Narrows, logging plan approved

Grassy Narrows – Today the Wynne government approved plans for another decade of clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows Territory against the will of this Indigenous community. The decision has ruined Christmas in a community already struggling with the long term health impacts of mercury poisoning. The Whiskey Jack Forest Management Plan 2012-2022 plans for dozens of large clearcuts on Grassy Narrows Territory, some nearly the size of pre-amalgamation Toronto.

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