Grave health impacts linked to fish from poisoned river
A new health report by a renowned Canadian mercury expert provides the strongest evidence yet of mercury poisoning in this northern Ontario Indigenous community. The community health survey finds that health and wellbeing in Grassy Narrows is significantly worse than in other First Nations and links fish eating to a wide range of grave impacts. The government has yet to acknowledge even one case of mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows, which is located downstream from the Dryden mill, one of Canada’s most notorious toxic dumping sites. This is the first study of its kind in Grassy Narrows, and the most comprehensive assessment of the health of the community to date.
“Our survey confirms what leaders of Grassy Narrows have been saying for decades,” said renowned environmental health scientist and lead author Dr. Donna Mergler. “There are long term effects on health and well-being of eating the fish from Grassy Narrows lakes and rivers.”