“I thank the grassroots people of Grassy Narrows, and our supporters who have been tireless in their work to gain justice for mercury survivors at long last.” -- Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister
The province of Ontario has just made a public commitment to clean up the river system on which the people of Grassy Narrows depend.
The announcement follows a meeting between Premier Kathleen Wynne and the people of Grassy Narrows last Friday.
The province’s commitment reportedly includes a promise that the river clean up will be led by the people of Grassy Narrows themselves.
Grassy Narrows is the site of one of the worst incidents of industrial pollution in Canada. A half century ago, an upstream pulp and paper mill was allowed to dump tonnes of mercury into the river system. The people of Grassy Narrows are still dealing with the disastrous impacts on their health and way of life.