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Activist Communiqué: River Run Rally 2012

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The deets:

June 4 at 6:30 p.m. until June 8 at 9:30 p.m. 
Various locations across Toronto

The call out and schedule:

Join us and continue a tradition of community lead action for justice -- for our people, and for the protection of the water, air and forests that give life to us all.

Tuesday June 5
Grassy people speak
Speaking event with Judy Da Silva and Dr. Harada
6:30 p.m. Steel Worker's Hall (25 Cecil Street)

Wednesday June 6
Fish fry
Noon -- Queen's Park

Grassy Narrows Asubpeeschoseewagong (GNAA) invites Premier Dalton McGuinty and Co. to a fish fry at Queen's Park. Will Premier McGuinty join members of GNAA for lunch at the Chef's Table? This meal endorsed by Jamie Kennedy, one of Toronto's top chefs, includes mercury tainted fish fresh from GNAA traditional territories.

And served by special guests from the GNAA community at the seat of provincial parliament to draw attention to the ongoing health, social and economic impacts of mercury contamination on their traditional territories.

Friday June 8
River Run Rally
12:00 p.m. Grange Park

For more information, if you'd like to donate, or get involved you can contact [email protected]

You can donate directly to the River Run 2012 online at the Small Change Fund.


In April 2010, we marched together as one wild river flowing onto the steps of Queen's Park to deliver our demands on World Health Day. We ask that you join us again this year to make clear to those at Queen's Park that we're as strong as ever, and will continue to demand justice for our people and protection for our environment.

Over 40 years ago our people were poisoned by mercury from a paper mill that contaminated our river upstream. Our people are demanding justice because we are still dealing with the ongoing health impacts of this avoidable disaster. It's an inescapable truth that this poison will affect everyone if we don't stand together to protect our water.

For decades the GNAA community members have been on the front lines of the movement to defend the earth and to uphold Indigenous self-determination, culture and spirituality. We have kicked out logging giant Abitibi for now, but there is still much work to be done.

Joining in River Run 2012 is a great opportunity to show your support and to join us in the fight to protect Indigenous rights and the water, air, land and creatures that we all depend on.

To see the progress of the community members walking from Grassy Narrows, see here.


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