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Grassy Narrows files lawsuit against feds and the province

By Tim Davidson Jun 5, 2024 | 8:24 AM

Both the provincial and federal governments have been named in a lawsuit by the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

It says they did not protect the treaty rights of it’s residents from mercury poisoning.

NDP leader Marit Stiles is asking the provincial government to do the right thing.

“The lawsuit that we’re talking about doesn’t prevent the premier or his cabinet from taking decisive action to stop the on-going contamination of the river today, tomorrow and everyday after that,” Stiles stated in the Ontario Legislature during Question Period on Tuesday.

Stiles says all Grassy wants is protection from pollution.

“Judy DeSilva, a grandmother from Grassy Narrows has a simple ask, which I’m going to read out today to the government.  She says this, ‘Stop poisoning us. Let us protect our land and our people and we will be healthy again.'”

Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford says the government has ensured the Mercury Disabilities Investment Fund is well supported, helping anyone on the disabilities registry.