Chief Simon Fobister, Grassy Narrows First Nation

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by NationTalk on June 19, 20123340 Views

June 20, 2012 – NationTalk spoke with Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister at the River Run march and rally held on June 4 – 8, 2012 in Toronto. The Grassy Narrows people and hundreds of their supporters deployed 15,000 square feet of blue fabric rippling in the wind to create a wild river that flowed to Queen’s Park to demand long overdue justice for their people and protection for the waters and forests on which they depend.

The Grassy Narrows community has fought against the neglect of their Treaty Rights, the forced removal of their children to residential schools, hydro damming, the relocation of their community, and the destruction of traditional hunting and trapping grounds by industry giants. Now a newly translated Japanese study published in 2011 reveals that the disturbing health impacts of mercury poisoning on the health of Grassy Narrows people are still rampant fifty years after the contamination of their river began.

Quick fact: When mercury contaminated fish is consumed by humans, it is absorbed into the bloodstream and attacks the central nervous system.

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