The Youth Rising Up Against Canada's Mercury Crisis


Darwin and Afeni are from Grassy Narrows, Canada, a first nations reserve that has been devastated by mercury poisoning. In the 1960’s, the government allowed 10 tonnes of toxic waste to be dumped in the river system that sustains the community. The fish were contaminated with extremely high levels of mercury, causing decades of severe health problems and eroding their unique way of life.

50 years on, Darwin, Afeni, and many of the community’s youth, are fighting for justice.

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The Grassy Narrows people have a special relationship with the river. Fishing is central to their culture, traditions, and economy.

In 2017, the government promised to deal with the crisis “once and for all.” This requires cleaning-up the river, providing specialised health care and compensating the community. But beyond these words, the government has done very little to improve Canada’s worst health crisis.

The youth of Grassy Narrows won’t give up their fight until the government keeps its promises.

Demand a healthy future for Grassy Narrows youth. Call on the Canadian government to:

Provide specialized health care for survivors of mercury poisoning at Grassy Narrows
Provide compensation to all community members for the impacts of mercury poisoning
Formally acknowledge that the people of Grassy Narrows are suffering from mercury poisoning

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