AFN National Chief Bellegarde Statement on River Run 2019 – Walk with Grassy Narrows for Mercury Justice

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AFN National Chief Bellegarde Statement on River Run 2019 – Walk with Grassy Narrows for Mercury Justice

June 19, 2019

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today provided the below statement in support of justice for Grassy Narrows Fist Nation.

“The Assembly of First Nations supports Chief Rudy Turtle and Grassy Narrows First Nationin their calls for action to address long-standing dangers to the health and well-being of community members as a result of mercury contamination in their territory,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “I continue to urge the federal and provincial governments to work directly with the people of Grassy Narrows on an action plan with tangible solutions to the impacts of mercury poisoning. The people of Grassy Narrows have been dealing with mercury poisoning for more than 40 years. The situation has claimed lives, disrupted families and has hurt the entire nation. Justice is long overdue. It is time for concrete action so the people of Grassy Narrows can rebuild their ways of life, livelihood and nation.”

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

For media requests or more information, please contact:

Monica Poirier
Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 282
613-292-0857 mobile
poirierm@afn.ca

Jenna Young Castro
Senior Communications Advisor
613-241-6789, ext. 201
613-314-8157 mobile
jyoungcastro@afn.ca

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