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New report calls for ‘urgent action’ over mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows youth, mothers – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201828 Views

Fish consumption from contaminated river linked to a multitude of health problems in community

Dec 05, 2018

A new report shows mercury poisoning of the English-Wabigoon river system is having serious, detrimental effects on the health of youth and mothers in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation).

The second part of the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek Community Health Assessment Report — which focuses on children and youth — was released today at a media conference at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

It recommends the creation of a learning centre, which could both provide healthy food to women, including those who are pregnant, and educate them about the dangers associated with mercury poisoning. Also included in the report’s recommendations is the creation of emergency and long-term programs for children and youth, which would focus on emergency and crisis counselling, and improved medical and neuropsychological assessment and therapy.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/grassy-narrows-youth-report-1.4931731

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