Justice for Grassy Narrows
This year, Amnesty International is highlighting a case right here in Canada, of youth from Asubpeeschoseewagong (“Grassy Narrows First Nation”) who are fighting for justice in the face of 50 years of mercury poisoning in their community.
Because of government inaction, generations of young Indigenous people have grown up with devastating health problems and the loss of their cultural traditions. It’s time for the government to keep its promise to deal with the mercury crisis “once and for all” so that young people can grow up in a healthy and thriving community.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE YOUTH OF GRASSY NARROWS!
The Indigenous people of Grassy Narrows First Nation have fished the waters of the English-Wabigoon River for generations, but since mercury was dumped into the river upstream from their community in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the fish have become dangerously contaminated. Fishing – mainly of walleye – is a primary source of food and cultural identity in Grassy Narrows. Because government has failed to address the mercury crisis, generations of young people have grown up in Grassy Narrows with serious health concerns and the loss of cultural traditions.
The youth of Grassy Narrows have a right to their Indigenous economic system and to be secure and able to sustain themselves and their families by engaging freely in all their traditional and other economic activities. Walleye are an important part of that. Young people in the community are saying enough is enough, it’s time for the government to address the mercury crisis once and for all!
Here’s how you can show your solidarity and support:
1) Create your own Grassy Narrows walleye.
Download this template of a walleye fish. Cut out the shape or draw your own! Colour and decorate it.