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KI Nation paddles to protect their wild watershed 300 km long ancient route traverses the threatened heart of world’s largest intact forest.
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Aaki - This summer a team of paddlers from the KI Indigenous Nation will venture 400 km beyond the nearest road to travel the ancient trading route from their remote fly-in community to Hudson's Bay. They are calling on Ontario to respect their deep connection to the wild Fawn River watershed – a foundation of their culture, and the threatened heart of the world's largest intact forest.
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Sudbury - Today a team of scientists is converging on the world’s largest remaining ancient red pine forest at Wolf Lake for an intensive species count as part of an on-going effort to document the diverse species that make their home in this critically endangered forest - before it is too late. If they succeed in finding Species at Risk their efforts could help to permanently protect the area. Despite being long-recognized as a unique and important natural area this rare forest is threatened by imminent mining exploration.
WHERE: Within the City of Greater Sudbury lies Wolf Lake, the world’s largest old growth red pine forest. (1.5 hours from Kukagami Lake road, contact us for directions)
WHEN: July 4th. Camping is available for reporters who wish to stay over night.
WHO: A broad team of scientists including:
Dr. Peter Quinby – renowned old growth ecologist.
Prof. Madhur Anand – University of Guelph expert on forest response to climate change.
Prof. Peter Beckett – Laurentian University, wetland ecologist.
James Paterson – Ontario Nature Herpetology Atlas.
Ramsey Hart - field ornithologist and Canada Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada
Scientists and campaigners will be available for interviews on the ecological and scientific importance of Wolf Lake, and the animals and plants that live there.
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Ontario government refuses to acknowledge Minimata Disease, repeats the mistakes of the past
Toronto – Today Grassy Narrows people, accompanied by hundreds of supporters and traditional drummers, will deploy 15,000 square feet of blue fabric in the streets to create a wild river flowing to Queen’s Park, where they will demand long overdue justice for their people and protection for the waters and forests on which they depend. Fifty years after Ontario began allowing 10 tonnes of toxic mercury to be dumped into Grassy Narrows’ river, the McGuinty Government still refuses to acknowledge even one case of methyl mercury poisoning, known as Minamata Disease. A newly translated report by renowned Japanese mercury expert Dr. Harada, released on Monday, found that "[i]t is an undoubtable fact that Minamata disease occurred in [Grassy Narrows and Whitedog], based on our long-term investigation result."
In April 2010, when new evidence of persistent Minamata Disease in Grassy Narrows came to light, Premier McGuinty told reporters that “[w]hat we do have is a heavy responsibility to take a good, long, hard look at this new report and find out exactly what the story is.” Instead of meeting that responsibility, Ontario released a plan for another decade of industrial clearcut logging on Grassy Narrows territory against their will - a practice that has been found to dramatically increase mercury levels in water and fish.
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Will Premier McGuinty join Grassy Narrows for lunch at the Chef’s Table?
Toronto - Today Grassy Narrows mothers are challenging Premier McGuinty to join them and their families in a traditional fish fry at Queen’s Park for a meal of their local fish cooked on an open wood fire. The people of Grassy Narrows are still suffering from the debilitating health impacts of mercury poison fifty years after a Dryden mill began dumping 10 tonnes of toxic mercury into Grassy Narrows’ English-Wabigoon River, a practice allowed by the province.
“Every day mothers in Grassy Narrows must choose between hunger and feeding their families our traditional fish diet. We are asking that McGuinty step in our shoes for one meal, so he can understand why we say no to pollution and destructive industrial logging that brings even more mercury into our fish,” says Judy Da Silva, a Grassy Narrows mother.
FISH FRY. Wednesday June 6, Noon (today). Queens Park south lawn.
The fish fry is endorsed by Canadian celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy.
- Created on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:05
It’s time for justice: Civil society groups urge Ontario to respect and uphold the rights of Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishnabek Grassy Narrows.
The people of Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishnabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) know first-hand the terrible consequences of having control over their traditional lands and territories taken from them.
In the 1950s, provincial hydroelectric dams flooded large areas of land, wiping out wild rice beds central to their culture and way of life.
In the 1960s, a pulp and paper mill in Dryden, Ontario contaminated the rivers with mercury, resulting in the devastating closure of the fishery and debilitating health problems that are still being felt today.
Then, beginning in the 1980s, large-scale, industrial logging cleared over half the forest in the traditional territory of Grassy Narrows, destroying trap lines and other areas vital for sustenance, medicine and ceremony.
Today, the people of Grassy Narrows - and the province of Ontario - face a crucial turning point.
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Government refuses to acknowledge Minamata Disease in Canada
Toronto – Fifty years after a Dryden paper mill began dumping 10 tonnes of toxic mercury into Grassy Narrows’ English-Wabigoon river, a newly translated report by renowned Japanese mercury expert Dr. Harada indicates that the Indigenous people of Grassy Narrows are still suffering from the debilitating health impacts of this neurotoxin, including many born after the dumping was banned in 1970. The government of Ontario allowed the dumping but refuses to acknowledge that there have been any cases of the methyl mercury poisoning called Minamata Disease (MD).
59% of 160 people examined in Grassy Narrows and Whitedog were found to be impacted by mercury poisoning. 44% of people aged 21-41 were impacted, even though they were born after dumping was banned. "It is an undoubtable fact that Minamata disease occurred in [Grassy Narrows and Whitedog], based on our long-term investigation result." [Harada et al., 2011]
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Will Premier join Grassy Narrows for lunch at the Chef’s Table?
Toronto - Grassy Narrows mothers are challenging Premier McGuinty to eat their local fish at a traditional fish fry on an open wood fire at Queens Park.The people of Grassy Narrows are still suffering from the debilitating health impacts of mercury poison fifty years after a Dryden mill began dumping 10 tonnes of the neurotoxin into Grassy Narrows’ English-Wabigoon River. Some Grassy Narrows mothers report delayed development, cerebral palsy, seizures, and other illnesses in their children – symptoms linked to congenital mercury poisoning. Indigenous Grassy Narrows community members are travelling 2,000 km to Toronto by foot, train, and bus to release a newly translated health study on their community by renowned Japanese mercury expert Dr. Harada.
In April 2010, when Harada’s 2005 report was released in English, Premier McGuinty told reporters that “What we do have is a heavy responsibility to take a good, long, hard look at this new report and find out exactly what the story is.”
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By Star Staff
The Wolf Lake Coalition is once again urging the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to let a mining lease in the Wolf Lake old-growth forest expire Thursday.
In fact, the coalition argued in a release Monday that regulations in the Mining Act would support such a decision, and that to allow exploration would be "shameful."
"The Mining Act affirms that if the leaseholder is not in production or on the road to production in that lease, it should expire," the coalition said. "According to public records, very little activity has occurred on this lease for the past 30 years. Not only is this area not in production -- it is not remotely close.
"Under our own legislation, this lease should not be renewed."
Flag Resources, a Calgary based company, holds mining leases in the reserve. The company's president, Murdo McLeod, has said in the past there is potential for gold, copper, cobalt and palladium mines in Wolf Lake, where the company has been since the 1980s.
Last spring, one of Flag Resources' mining leases was renewed until 2031, with the second 21-year lease up for Thursday.
In an email Monday, McLeod told The Star Flag Resources has not been active in the lease area, but plans to open a Sudbury office "soon."
To read the full article please visit: http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3571517
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Ontario to decide fate of world’s largest ancient red pine forest in May 31 mining lease decision
Toronto – Today the Wolf Lake Coalition is releasing a new report documenting Ontario’s failure to protect Wolf Lake in spite of ten compelling reasons to protect this unique and irreplaceable ecological gem. The report exposes a shocking record of inaction that has left the world’s largest ancient red pine forest open to mining 25 years after the MNR’s own forester identified the need to protect it. Ontario is poised to make a major decision on the fate of the Wolf Lake ancient forest on May 31 as it chooses whether to renew a mining lease in the old growth for a further 21 years. If the lease is renewed the area’s critically endangered ecosystem could become a strip mine should a viable mineral find be made. If the lease is allowed to lapse the 300 year old pines under that lease will automatically gain full protection as park land, as promised in 1999.
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- Grassy Narrows marks 50 years of mercury poison
- English River logging suspended during court battle
- Wolf Lake dodges bullet, but ancient forest still in peril
- Ontario Respects KI Moratorium on Mining Exploration