From 1962 to 1970, a pulp and paper mill dumped 9,000 kilograms of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, into the English-Wabigoon River system, poisoning fish, aquatic vertebrates and people.
That mill — now closed — was upstream from several First Nations communities, including Grassy Narrows. Residents there, still suffering from mercury contamination, continue to seek environmental justice.
Grassy Narrows Fact Sheet (pdf)
Support Letter, signed by celebrities (pdf)
Blog post: "Government leaders: Stop ignoring Grassy Narrows mercury poisoning"
Blog post: "Stand with Grassy Narrows, one of Canada's most toxic sites"
David Suzuki Foundation Media Release
"Province ignored minister's 1984 recommendation to clean up mercury in river near Grassy Narrows: Star Investigation" — Toronto Star Investigation, July 4, 2016
"Cleaning up mercury a must in Grassy Narrows" — Toronto Star Op-Ed by David Suzuki and Faisal Moola, June 1, 2016
"Ontario government 'sympathetic' to Grassy Narrows mercury concerns" CBC article, June 1, 2016