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Activist Communiqué: Grassy Narrows River Run demonstration - Friday

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Grassy Narrows River Run demonstration - Friday

The Deets:

Friday June 8, 2012
12:00 pm noon
Grange Park (behind the AGO), Toronto

The Call Out:

All Out Tomorrow for the River Run Rally where Grassy Narrows' demands will be heard loud and clear. If you weren't able to attend other river run events this week, tomorrow is your last chance and the most important day to show your solidarity and support.

The people of Grassy Narrows are still suffering from the debilitating health impacts of mercury poison fifty years after a Dryden mill began dumping 10 tonnes of the neurotoxin into Grassy Narrows' English-Wabigoon River.

Indigenous Grassy Narrows community members have travelled 2,000 km to Toronto by foot, train, and bus, and will join hundreds of supporters in deploying 15,000 square feet of blue fabric to create a wild river that will flow to Queen's Park to demand long overdue justice for their people and protection for the
waters and forests on which they depend.

RIVER RUN creative march and rally. Friday June 8, Noon.

Visual: Grassy Narrows people, and hundreds of their supporters, will deploy 15,000 square
feet of blue fabric rippling in the wind to create a wild river that will flow to Queen's Park to
demand justice, accompanied by traditional drummers, and by colourful fish puppets.

Where: Starting at Grange Park (behind the AGO on Beverly south of Dundas).

End: Arriving at Queen's Park around 1:15 p.m. for speeches and demands.

Speakers: Grassy Narrows mothers, Chief Fobister, Bruce Cox (Greenpeace ED), Joanne
Webb (CUPE ON), Maryam Adrangi (Council of Canadians), and Nanky Rai (Health for All).

Grassy Narrows, and their supporters, are demanding that government:

RESPONSIBILITY: Acknowledge mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows, apologize, and accept responsibility to fix what was broken.

SAFETY: Fund a permanent Grassy Narrows run environmental health monitoring center. Strengthen Health Canada mercury safety guideline to protect all people.

COMPENSATION: Compensate all people diagnosed by the Japanese doctors, and retroactively index the compensation to inflation.

RESTORATION: Clean and restore the English-Wabigoon river system. Stop the mills from polluting the water and air.

JUSTICE: Restore Grassy Narrows control over Grassy Narrows Territory. End destructive industrial logging on Grassy Narrows territory.

For more information go to: FreeGrassy.org





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