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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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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Chief Fobister calls out Minister for false statement on logging plan

ALGrassyNarrowsRiverRunBannerGrassy 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."

 

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