We are supporting Grassy Narrows First Nation and nearby
mercury-affected communities in their call for a National Inquiry into
the historic and continuing impact of mercury poisoning and other
This Inquiry is necessary as a result of continued pressure on the
Grassy Narrows community from industrial forestry, the devastation of
their traditional economy and livelihood, and continuing health
impacts. The health of community members in Grassy Narrows and nearby
mercury-affected communities continues to deteriorate. Two generations
after the Dryden pulp mill released pollution into the English-Wabigoon
river system, children are still being born with health problems from
mercury and other contamination.
As we find ourselves upon the 8th anniversary of the blockade against
clearcutting in Grassy Narrows’ territory, and following upon AFN
Resolution No. 04/2010, Support for Grassy Narrows and Other Mercury
1. WE CALL ON the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to
hold a National Inquiry to assess the historic and continuing impact of
mercury and other contamination in Grassy Narrows and the surrounding
communities, to evaluate the success of efforts to date to address this
issue, and make recommendations on effective next steps. We urge Canada
and Ontario to each take responsibility, under their respective
jurisdictions, by calling this inquiry by March 1, 2011
2. WE RESOLVE THAT, should Canada and Ontario fail to take their
responsibility, the responsibility for holding this inquiry will fall
upon First Nation governments and we will meet that responsibility.
With the support of the Assembly of First Nations, a national inquiry
would then be held under the jurisdiction of Grand Council Treaty #3
and Grassy Narrows First Nation.
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