IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 23, 2013
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.
Grassy Narrows Chief Fobister is calling out Minister Orazietti for false statements made yesterday about planned logging in Grassy Narrows Territoy.
In a written statement sent to news media the Minister of Natural Resources said:
"Under this Plan, there are no planned harvest blocks located within the Grassy Narrows’ self-identified Traditional Land Use Area."
Today Grassy Narrows Chief and Council sent an open letter to Premier Wynne rejecting Ontario’s new draft logging plan for another decade of clear-cut logging on Grassy Narrows Territory. The Forest Management plan for the Whiskey Jack Forest 2012-2022 is in the final stages of approval and is currently posted for public comment.
Ontario has released draft plans for another decade of clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows. The plans are open for public comment until October 31.
Click here to comment in opposition to the plan.