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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Grassy Narrows Chief and Council Reject Logging Plan

Picture 3Today 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. 

 

 

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Ontario plans another decade of clearcuts in Grassy Narrows

grassy narrowsOntario 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.

 

 

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Supreme Court will hear Grassy Narrows’ legal case for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging

 
Banner_03Today the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to Grassy Narrows to appeal their legal action for Treaty rights and against clearcut logging to the highest court.  The case challenges Ontario's jurisdiction to award logging and mining licenses on a vast tract of Treaty 3 lands north of the English River (the Keewatin Lands).
 

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More than one million Ontarians call for an end to unwanted logging in Grassy Narrows

grassy narrows  Organizations representing more than one million people across Ontario are calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to a make a clear and unequivocal commitment that the province will respect the wishes of the people of Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) that no new logging permits be issued in their traditional territory. 

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NO LOGGING, NO MERCURY: Noise Demo at Kathleen Wynne’s home!

On Sunday August 25, 2013 Grassy Narrows supportes held a musical noise demonstration at premier Kathleen Wynne's home.  The fun-filled, family friendly protest included an 80 person strong marching band and demanded an end to unwanted logging in Grassy Narrows and real action on mercury poisoning. 

See photos from the Demo 

Read media reports from the Demo

Take online action to support Grassy.

Read the press release

See APTN National TV news piece about the action

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