By Craig Benjamin, Campaigner for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Think about this.
A community devastated by the massive release of mercury into the rivers on which they depend.
Credible scientific studies showing that a half century later the people are still suffering from the debilitating effects of mercury poisoning and that even their children are being harmed.
Further studies that show that the mercury is not going away and that fish from the river will continue to be unsafe for years to come unless something is done.
New allegations that an illegal toxic dump near the river could increase the mercury contamination ten-fold and leave the river unsafe for almost a century to come.
This is the story of the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwest Ontario. It’s a situation that cries out for justice.
Now consider how the federal and provincial governments have responded.