Find the dumped mercury barrels and help the people of Grassy Narrows
Send an email to the federal and provincial governments in support of the people of Grassy Narrows.
- Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
- Premier of Ontario Doug Ford
- Seamus O'Regan, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services
- Carolyn Bennett, Federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
- Rod Phillips, Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Christine Elliott, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
- Greg Rickford, Ontario Minister of Energy, Mines, Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs
The Toronto Star recently reported that the Ontario government is dragging its feet on commitments to search for mercury at the infamous Dryden mill site – mercury that may still be contaminating the waters of Grassy Narrows (Asubpeeschoseewagong) First Nation.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, the Reed Paper plant dumped 10 tonnes of mercury waste into the adjacent Wabigoon River upstream from Grassy Narrows.The property is now known to harbour significant amounts of mercury, including some that was illegally buried in steel drums decades ago. A retired plant worker has publicly stated that he was ordered to haphazardly bury dozens of barrels of mercury waste in the 1970s. Recent soil samples from the property show unnaturally high levels of mercury, indicating that the barrels may have rusted away and released their toxic contents.
The former Liberal government in Ontario committed to spend $85 million on remediating the contaminated waterways upstream of Grassy Narrows. But remediation will be ineffective if there continues to be a discharge of mercury into the Wabigoon River now, or in the future.
The Ford government must act now to find the buried mercury barrels and comprehensively investigate the mill site.
While the government stalls, Grassy Narrows people continue to suffer from the multi-generational impacts of mercury on their health, culture, and economy.
Grassy Narrows is asking the federal and provincial governments for compensation for the ongoing mercury crisis, to increase social program funding in the community, and to establish a local mercury survivors home and care centre without further delay.
Please take a moment to send an email to the federal and provincial governments in support of Grassy Narrows.