MEDIA ADVISORY Wednesday July 23, 2014
Grassy Narrows exposes gov. neglect of mercury survivors
Toronto – Thirty Grassy Narrows First Nation people will travel 1,800 km to Toronto to demand justice for mercury poisoning survivors, clean water, and respect for indigenous rights. Grassy Narrows people are still suffering from the debilitating neurological impacts of 10 tonnes of mercury dumped into their river by a paper mill upstream between 1962-1970. No clean-up has been done.
WHAT: Grassy Narrows exposes government neglect on mercury tragedy
WHEN: Monday July 28, 10:00 a.m.
WHO: Grassy Narrows Chief Roger Fobister
Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy
Grassy Narrows Mother of Five Judy Da Silva
Stephen Lewis available for comment by phone
WHERE: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. (near Spadina and College)
STEPHEN LEWIS AND LEANNE SIMPSON SPEAK WITH GRASSY NARROWS
WHAT: Grassy Narrows and prominent supporters speak out
WHEN: Tuesday July 29, 6:30 p.m.
WHO: Stephen Lewis – former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Writer, educator and activist
Grassy Narrows Chief Roger Fobister
Judy Da Silva – Grassy Narrows mother of five.
Grassy Narrows Womens Drum Group.
WHERE: Ryerson. 55 Dundas St. West. Ted Rogers School of Management (TRS1-067) RIVER RUN MARCH AND RALLY
WHAT: Grassy Narrows and hundreds of their supporters will flow as a wild river through the streets of Toronto bringing their demands to Queens Park. The crowd will carry hundreds of yards of blue fabric flowing in the wind, dozens of fish cut-outs, and large banners.
WHEN: Thursday July 31, Noon.
WHO: The march will be led by Grassy Narrows Elders in wheel chairs accompanied by the beat of the Grassy Narrows Womens Drum Group. Speakers will include Chief Roger Fobister and prominent activist Judy Rebick.
WHERE: Assemble at Grange Park (behind the AGO) at Noon. Speeches at Queens Park begin at 1:15 p.m.
More information: http://freegrassy.net/2014/05/25/river-run-2014-water-is-sacred/
High resolution photos and Broll are available.
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