How an Ontario paper mill poisoned nearby First Nations – National Observer

This is Part 1 of a three-part series called Gigoo-Aakoosi: Fish Is Sick.

Gigoo-Aakoosi: Fish Is Sick tells the story of the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek, also known as Grassy Narrows First Nation, and Wabauskang First Nation and the historical and ongoing devastation endured by those living with water contamination.

Through a nationwide investigation called Clean Water, Broken Promises, led by the Institute for Investigative Journalism and in partnership with Humber College and Canada’s National Observer, we examine how water issues are impacting Indigenous communities. Before the pandemic struck at the beginning of 2020, a team of journalists and journalism students travelled north to hear first-hand accounts of what it was like for Indigenous people to still live with the aftermath of an environmental catastrophe.

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