First Nations cannot wait any longer for a mercury care health facility in Grassy Narrows –

Nov 28, 2017

In question period on Tuesday, NDP Environment critic Peter Tabuns called on the Wynne government to finally listen to the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation and immediately commit to building and operating a mercury care health facility.

“The chief of the Grassy Narrows First Nation is in the legislature today asking that the province contribute to building and operating a health facility for the people of Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations,” said Tabuns. “The province has known for decades that mercury is present on the paper mill site and that mercury contamination was not decreasing in the English-Wabigoon river system. Last September, ministers in the Liberal government were informed that mercury contamination continued on the site even though the premier continued to say that any cleanup would cause more risk to the population.

“As many as 90 per cent of the people in these communities show signs of mercury contamination and have been abandoned to their fate.”

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