As long as the rivers flow: the Grassy Narrows blockade story

As long as the rivers flow: the Grassy Narrows blockade story
Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 5:30pm


United Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 24.0768" N, 79° 23' 46.4748" W

On December 2, 2002, Grassy Narrows Anishnabe community members mobilized in a powerful direct action to stop the destruction of their way of life and habitat by stopping logging trucks from entering their territory. Many supporters have joined them in this fight. Since the early 1950s, industrial logging was destroying their way of life as massive hectares of forest were cut against their will. The community's economic self-sufficiency was dealt another big bow in the 1970s when mercury was dumped into the English Wabigoon River system, which flows directly into Grassy Narrows First Nation and Whitedog, by a paper mill—the river became poisoned with this mercury. To this day, that posion is still in the river system and new mercury is added from the logging that takes place all over the forest.

Since December 2002, Grassy Narrows Anishnabe community members have taken on this big logging industry. They successfully kicked out the world's largest paper company—Abitibi—and they are still fighting against companies like Weyerhaeuser, who are trying to regain access to their forest. This is a celebration of Grassy Narrows' resistance, their action in defence of the earth, and First Nations sovereignty.
Please join us for this film screening and dinner.
Suggested donation: $7-20 sliding scale (or pay what you can).
Sunday, February 24, 5:30pm
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street
Organized by Toronto-Centre International Socialists