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Grassy Narrows First Nation marks 13 years as 'the voice of the forest'

Grassroots blockade against logging trucks north of Kenora, Ont. started on Dec. 2, 2002

By Jody Porter, CBC News

Grassy Narrows First Nation Deputy Chief Randy Fobister gives "great compliments" to the community organizers who have continued to turn away logging trucks since 2002.

Grassy Narrows First Nation Deputy Chief Randy Fobister gives "great compliments" to the community organizers who have continued to turn away logging trucks since 2002. (freegrassy.net)

 

In the beginning, Randy Fobister of Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, disagreed with community members who were stopping logging trucks from entering their traditional territory, but 13 years later the deputy chief says "it's really important the blockade is still there."

A community gathering was held on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the blockade that started on Dec. 2, 2002.

People continue to maintain the site and "protect the land", Fobister said, even as the community considers whether blockade is the appropriate term for what they're doing. He also balks at the word 'activism'.

"I think that word protectors, you know protectors of the land," is preferred," he said. "The forest doesn't have a voice, but First Nations people are the voice."

Read the full article on CBC here.