Clearcuts poison fish: Grassy Narrows 'River Run 2014'

Michael Butler
7 years ago

ON is planning a decade of clearcut logging against Grassy Narrows Fist Nation's will. Clearcuts will only deepen the tragedy of mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows.

"In 1970 Grassy Narrows people learned that their daily meal of fish was contaminated with mercury poison. Ontario had allowed a paper mill upstream to dump 9,000 kg of mercury into Grassy Narrows' River. Three generations of Grassy Narrows families are still dealing with the impacts of mercury on their health, culture, and livelihood.

Now, Ontario has finalized plans for another decade of clearcut logging on Grassy Narrows Territory - a practice that is known to release dangerous amounts of mercury into lakes and rivers. This callous plan will deepen the tragedy of mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows.  Grassy Narrows has said 'no' to clearcut logging and has called for our help to make sure that this dangerous logging plan is never carried out."


Grassy Narrows is in Toronto for River Run 2014 walking for Indigenous rights and clean water: www.facebook.com/events/740594235961702/

"In July 2014 our community will continue our strong leadership in demanding justice for our community and the environment.  We need your support to make this happen!

On the week of July 28-August 1st we will be coming to Toronto for River Run 2014! We will lead a week of events to raise public awareness about our struggle for justice and water protection. The week will culminate in a large march to Queen's Park where we will demand:
1. JUSTICE
2. AN END TO CLEAR-CUTTING
3. SOVEREIGNTY OVER OUR TERRITORY"

Grassy Narrows Women Speak
Tuesday July 29, 6:00 p.m.


River Run 2014
Thursday July 31, Noon.
Walk starts at Grange Park
#FreeGrassy #RiverRun

The Council of Canadians remains committed to standing with the people of Grassy Narrows, protecting the environment, and respecting Treaty Rights.

For more information on Grassy Narrows please:

Grassy Narrows legal case against clearcut logging and respect for Treaty Right begins at the Supreme Court of Canada

Premier Wynne: Give Grassy Narrows A Mercury Free Future For Christmas

We've got a few questions about Grassy Narrows

Grassy Narrows requests environmental assessment of logging plan

Grassy Narrows To Resume Blockage If Clear-Cut Logging Operation Starts