Grassy Narrows mercury victims up to 6 times more likely to have debilitating health problems, report says
‘With this health survey and with the discovery of mercury, it’s just a very dark picture,’ chief says
Residents of a northwestern Ontario First Nation who have been diagnosed with mercury poisoning are up to six times more likely to suffer from a wide range of debilitating health problems, a new report finds. Read the rest of this entry
‘Our people are very sick,’ says Grassy Narrows First nation elder
By Jorge Barrera, CBC News, Nov 28, 2017
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says two Ontario First Nations still suffering from the impacts of mercury poisoning in their territory will get the “health facilities they need” after a planned study. Read the rest of this entry
Grassy Narrows chief says community exploring all options ahead of meeting with province, Ottawa
CBC News, Nov 12, 2017
A new report shows the Ontario government knew nearly 30 years ago that a mill site upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation was contaminated with mercury.
“There’s a continued liability on the province,” Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister said. “They said it’s going to clear itself up, but they never informed us that there’s still mercury in the soil and they were aware of it.” Read the rest of this entry
Azraya Ackabee-Kokopenace wanted help. That’s all anyone knows for sure.
The girl with the bright smile had just turned 14 when she left her family in Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario last spring in search of someone — or something — to ease her overwhelming grief. Read the rest of this entry
Ongoing contamination ‘unequivocally related’ from mercury spilled decades ago at paper mill, scientists say
CBC News, Feb 28, 2017
A team of scientists has released a report suggesting that an old chemical plant in Dryden, Ont., is still leaking mercury and contaminating the Wabigoon-English River system upstream from the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario. Read the rest of this entry
Cabinet ministers promise First Nations-led cleanup effort of decades-old mercury contamination
By Jody Porter, CBC News, Feb 13, 2017
The Ontario government is promising to find and remediate all the mercury contamination that continues to poison people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations in the northwestern corner of the province. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, January 18, 2017
The Grassy Narrows community in northern, Ont., has been plagued with mercury poisoning for decades — affecting its river, its fish, and its people.
In the 1970s, Kas Glowacki, who worked in the old Dryden, Ont., pulp and paper mill — upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nations — emptied out a salt vat and came across mercury. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, December 20, 2016
Charges were withdrawn earlier this month against six people who launched a dramatic demonstration in support of Grassy Narrows First Nation at Queen’s Park in June.
The group wore protective suits and dumped a barrel of grey sludge, labelled mercury kills, in front of the Ontario legislature. The substance turned out to be cornstarch. Read the rest of this entry
People in community born without toes, an extra thumb, but few are compensated
By Martha Troian, CBC News, September 20, 2016
Forty-five years ago, mercury pollution from a pulp and paper mill poisoned hundreds of kilometres of waterways in northwestern Ontario.
Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation, also known as Grassy Narrows, often makes headlines for its fight against the mercury poisoning. But few have heard of a tiny community called Wabaseemoong, also called Whitedog, just downstream. Read the rest of this entry