Grassy Narrows: Resistance And Solidarity

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Grassy Narrows: Resistance And Solidarity
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Join us on Monday, May 16th at 7pm to learn and discuss First Nations' land defense and fight for decolonization. In the lead-up to the River Run rally on June 2nd, we'll meet to deepen our understanding and discuss what solidarity means, here and now.

More than fifty years ago a paper mill in Dryden, Ontario began to dump murderous amounts of mercury into the Wabigoon River, upstream from the community of Asubpeechoseewagong (Grassy Narrows). This was one of many genocidal moments in the Canadian settler state's relationship with traditional Anishnaabe lands and people. The people of Grassy Narrows, and all the life that supports their traditional territories, have lived with the immense health effects of that crime ever since, with no responsibility taken on the part of the Ontario government that allowed that to happen.

There is new evidence that mercury levels in some areas are rising, which continues to brutally impact the residents of Grassy Narrows, especially young children. Grassy Narrows has always fiercely resisted colonization and genocide, defending the land for all of us, human and non-human. The community is known for having sustained the longest running blockade of illegal logging in Canadian history, and is now demanding that Ontario clean up the mercury it allowed to be dumped years ago.

If you can't make the May 16th workshop, please join us in Toronto on June 2nd, 2016 at noon at Queen's Park, for a rally to force Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government to take action. This will be the fourth River Run since 2010, which has seen mass actions (including hunger strikes) that have successfully asserted Grassy Narrows sovereignty. The River Run will be led by Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group, with an accompanying week of events from May 30th to June 3rd.

You can also support River Run 2016 on Facebook by circulating the event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/1769190633315081/. If you would like to endorse River Run, please email: riverrun2016@gmail.com
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By: Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields