River Run 2014: Grassy Narrows Women Speak
July 31, 2014 - 12:00pm
Join Grassy Narrows familes and their supporters as they walk in Toronto for clean water and Indigenous rights this July.
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.
Location: Walk starts at Grange Park, Toronto.
Featuring Leanne Simpson and Grassy Narrows community members