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Editorial: Inaction and posturing on Grassy Narrows must end

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14.06.2019

Insult has been heaped upon indignity on the Indigenous people of Canada for hundreds of years. It's hard to know where to begin, but we know it must end. One example of the egregious treatment is what we see happening to the people of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

Ten tonnes of mercury was dumped into the Wabigoon River, upstream from Grassy Narrows, during the 1960s. The neurotoxin poisoned the fish. The people who ate the fish developed tremors, impaired hearing, tunnel vision, slurred speech and lost their muscle co-ordination. Suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts are higher than the national average. Women who ate fish at least once a week while they were pregnant gave birth to children who were four times more like to have a nervous system disorder or learning disability than those whose mothers didn't eat fish, a recent Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) study shows.

Two levels of government have worked, sort of, to cope........

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