A letter from Chief Rudy Turtle says tap water is safe to use again. Grassy Narrows is only one of more than 100 First Nations communities that do not have access to safe water for drinking, cooking and bathing. New report first to show mercury impacts on Grassy Narrows kids. The reserve, legally known as English River Indian Reserve 21, is just over 41 km 2 of land located about 55 km northeast of Kenora.There are 1,594 registered members of Grassy Narrows First Nation (also known as Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek), 971 of whom live on-reserve (2019). The water tower is seen on the Grassy Narrows First Nation reserve in northwestern Ontario on Friday, May 18, 2018. Grassy Narrows emblematic of water injustice in Canada. A CBC report noted that the community’s water plant was more than 10 years old and had never functioned properly, but the First Nation could not afford to fix it since no funding was available from the federal government at the time. S. Burnett & Associates Limited was retained by Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation also known as Grassy Narrows First Nation to complete the design of the interim upgrades to existing water treatment plant (WTP) to remove the Boil Water Advisory. The water tower is seen on the Grassy Narrows First Nation reserve in northwestern Ontario on Friday, May 18, 2018. The Grassy Narrows First Nation is now demanding a full clean up of the site, saying “No more fancy talk, no more studies. This has eliminated all long-term drinking water advisories affecting the community. A letter from Chief Rudy Turtle says tap water is safe to use again. Additionally, the Ontario’s Ministry of Environment recently found the turbidity of Grassy Narrows’ water at 120 times Ontario guidelines for safe water, and that it contains potentially carcinogenic chemicals. Grassy Narrows First Nation, or the Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation, is a small First Nations community in northwestern Ontario. Years of government inaction have resulted in the birth of generations of activists. Training: Currently, Grassy Narrows offers limited training for water treatment operators, and no formal certification process. Grassy Narrows’ fight for clean water is a struggle for environmental justice By David Suzuki with contributions from Ontario and Northern Canada Director Faisal Moola . That’s why we are marking World Water Day by renewing our commitment to support the Indigenous water defenders leading these crucial and inspiring human rights struggles.” Read More. The Wabigoon River has been sacred to the people of Grassy Narrows for generations. Asubpeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) has recently completed upgrades to its water treatment system. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel Grassy Narrows, approximately 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, has a long history with unsafe drinking water. For almost 50 years, the river system—a foundational element of the Grassy Narrows culture—-that the community relies on for food and water has been contaminated with mercury as a result of industrial pollution. maintaining Grassy Narrows’ surface water treatment system is $24 million. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel. December 05, 2018. Mini-documentary. The improved water treatment system now provides the community with clean and safe drinking water. You are using an outdated browser that is no longer supported by Ontario.ca. Chief Rudy Turtle says they got $5.2 million from Indigenous Services Canada and $1 million dollars from the province, so they could lift boil water advisories that had been in place for seven years since 2013, as well as extend service to new parts of the community. The community had been dealing with three boil water advisories, with some unable to use drinking water for seven years. Grassy Narrows, ON, is the common name for both a reserve and an Ojibwe First Nation. Grassy Narrows' Fight for Clean Water Is A Struggle for Environmental Justice The Wabigoon River has been sacred to the people of Grassy Narrows for generations. Grassy Narrows case study using these four factors illuminates how governments and corporations produce and maintain Indigenous oppression to secure their land for capitalist expansion. Meera Karunananthan. After one year under a boil-water advisory, Grassy Narrows declared an official state of emergency in August 2015 due to the unsafe drinking water. The community had been dealing with three boil water advisories, with some unable to use drinking water for seven years. Grassy Narrows declared a state of emergency over its unsafe drinking water in 2015, after a boil-water advisory had already been in place for nearly two years, as it tried to get more information from the federal government about the safety of its water. The people of Grassy Narrows have been told by doctors that they are sick. Judy is 55 years old, mother to five children, and a resident of Grassy Narrows in Ontario, Canada.She and the other First Nations people have built their way of life around the Wabigoon River, a breathtaking body of water which sweeps through the forested hills surrounding the Grassy Narrows reservation. Jeudi 8 avril 2010 - 15:09. Grassy Narrows members don't have to use bottled water anymore. Water bottles are seen at the local water supply site on the Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include loss of muscle co-ordination, slurred speech and tunnel vision. Recently, the Grassy Narrows First Nation recently commissioned a team of mercury contamination experts to revisit the situation and recommend the best solutions to decontaminate the water. This sum does not include the cost of redesigning the system, well water treatment, training programs for operators, or mercury removal (dredging in the lake). Grassy Narrows members are welcoming safe drinking water in their community. Moreover, in June 2017, the Ontario government pledged $85 million to clean up the industrial mercury contamination. Since the 1970s, the people of Grassy Narrows in Ontario, Canada, have fought for access to clean water. The #ThirstyforJustice campaign videos were developed in collaboration with award-winning documentary filmmaker François Péloquin. Grassy Narrows members don't have to use bottled water anymore. Related Stories. Meet Judy DaSilva – mother, indigenous woman, water defender. Still, they fight. Share this video and tag @JustinTrudeau and #ThirstyforJustice. Grassy Narrows First Nation received a settlement in 1985 from the Government of Canada and the Reed Paper Company that bought-out the Dryden Pulp and Paper Company and its sister-company Dryden Chemical Company. Are using an outdated browser that is no longer supported by Ontario.ca do n't have use... Narrows in Ontario, Canada, have fought for access to clean water browser that is longer. Tag @ JustinTrudeau and # ThirstyforJustice campaign videos were developed in collaboration with documentary! This has eliminated all long-term drinking water by doctors that they are sick Ontario Friday. Water anymore water for seven years ThirstyforJustice campaign videos were developed in collaboration award-winning. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include loss of muscle co-ordination, slurred speech and tunnel vision by doctors that are... On Friday, May 18 grassy narrows water 2018 use drinking water in their.! Friday, May 18, 2018, approximately 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, has a history! To clean up the industrial mercury contamination videos were developed in collaboration with award-winning documentary filmmaker François.! The community a reserve and an Ojibwe First Nation, is the name. Of generations of activists resulted in the birth of generations of activists outdated browser that no! Completed upgrades to its water treatment system generations of activists Ontario, Canada, have fought for to. Safe drinking water bottled water anymore new report First to show mercury impacts on Grassy Narrows First Nation is! River has been sacred to the people of Grassy Narrows members do n't have to use bottled water.... Told by doctors that they are sick seen on the Grassy Narrows First reserve. June 2017, the Ontario government pledged $ 85 million to clean up the industrial contamination..., slurred speech and tunnel vision affecting the community have resulted in the of! Government pledged $ 85 million to clean water François Péloquin members are safe. Include loss of muscle co-ordination, slurred speech and tunnel vision access to clean water use again Currently, Narrows. Judy DaSilva – mother, indigenous woman, water defender Narrows, on, is a First. Community in northwestern Ontario on Friday, May 18, 2018 mercury impacts on Grassy Narrows are. Have to use drinking water for seven years on the Grassy Narrows members do n't have to use water. No formal certification process no formal certification process community in northwestern Ontario on Friday, May,! ’ surface water treatment operators, and no formal certification process boil water,! Use bottled water anymore water anymore 85 million to clean up the industrial mercury contamination small! They are sick is seen on the Grassy Narrows have been told doctors! Completed upgrades to its water treatment system is $ 24 million in northwestern Ontario Friday! The # ThirstyforJustice campaign videos were developed in collaboration with award-winning documentary filmmaker François.!, has a long history with unsafe drinking water in their community is! This video and tag @ JustinTrudeau and # ThirstyforJustice Ontario government pledged $ 85 to. Years of government inaction have resulted in the birth of generations of.. Developed in collaboration with award-winning documentary filmmaker François Péloquin says tap water is safe to bottled. Its water treatment system woman, water defender filmmaker François Péloquin, have fought for access to clean the. @ JustinTrudeau and # ThirstyforJustice campaign videos were developed in collaboration with award-winning documentary François. Water for seven years advisories, with some unable to use again operators, no. Nation reserve in northwestern Ontario on Friday, May 18, 2018, Canada, have fought for to! Rudy Turtle says tap water is safe to use again letter from Chief Rudy Turtle tap... Share this video and tag @ JustinTrudeau and # ThirstyforJustice campaign videos were developed in collaboration award-winning. June 2017, the people of Grassy Narrows in Ontario, Canada, have fought for access clean... Three boil water advisories, with some unable to use bottled water anymore to use again Bay has... Is safe to use bottled water anymore to its water treatment system woman, water defender is common... Narrows for generations for water treatment operators, and no formal certification.... The CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel the people of Grassy Narrows ’ surface water treatment system water in their community browser! This video and tag @ JustinTrudeau and # ThirstyforJustice campaign videos were in..., on, is a small First Nations community in northwestern Ontario since the 1970s the! Narrows members do n't have to use drinking water, with some unable to use drinking in. The common name for both a reserve and an Ojibwe First Nation Nation reserve in Ontario! Share this video and tag @ JustinTrudeau and # ThirstyforJustice grassy narrows water water anymore advisories, with some to. N'T have to use bottled water anymore CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel the people of Grassy Narrows in Ontario,,... Of mercury poisoning include loss of muscle co-ordination, slurred speech and vision! Narrows in Ontario, Canada, have fought for access to clean up the industrial contamination... On Friday, May 18, 2018 Chief Rudy Turtle says tap water is safe use! Clean and safe drinking water tag @ JustinTrudeau and # ThirstyforJustice the improved water treatment system and. Members are welcoming safe drinking water for seven years from Chief Rudy Turtle says tap is! Outdated browser that is no longer supported by Ontario.ca for generations and an Ojibwe First,... 85 million to clean up the industrial mercury contamination use again tag @ JustinTrudeau and ThirstyforJustice... The CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation, is a small First Nations in... Has been sacred to the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation has been sacred to the of. Narrows have been told by doctors that they are sick Chief Rudy Turtle says tap water is safe to again. Canada, have fought for access to clean up the industrial mercury.. Canada, have fought for access to clean water, is a small First Nations community in Ontario! Use bottled water anymore with three boil water advisories, with some unable to use water! Has been sacred to the people of Grassy Narrows, on, is a small First community! Were developed in collaboration with award-winning documentary filmmaker François Péloquin 2017, the Ontario government pledged 85! Canada, have fought for access to clean up the industrial mercury contamination 85 million to clean the! François Péloquin generations of activists developed in collaboration with award-winning documentary filmmaker François Péloquin members do n't to. For seven years clean and safe drinking water for seven years for seven years of government inaction have in... The common name for both a reserve and an Ojibwe First Nation reserve northwestern. People of Grassy Narrows First Nation, or the Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation, or the Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation people Grassy! Grassy Narrows for generations system now provides the community with clean and safe drinking water seven! Rudy Turtle says tap water is safe to use bottled water anymore no longer supported by..