Joint statement on report showing effects of mercury poisoning on people of Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations

“The study conducted by Japanese researchers clearly shows that people from Grassy Narrows and White Dog (Wabaseemoong) First Nations are suffering the effects of long-term exposure to mercury.

It took researchers from half way across the world to undertake this serious study, while the Wynne government continues to stall on taking action, putting families and the future of these communities at risk. People expected better from this premier, and they’re disappointed. Every day the government fails to act, things get worse for people in the Grassy Narrows and White Dog First Nations, and for their children. 

New Democrats believe now is the time for the government to act in cooperation with the Grassy Narrows and White Dog First Nations, and clean up the English-Wabigoon River so the water is safe to drink, and the fish is safe to eat.”

Peter Tabuns - Ontario NDP Environment Critic
France Gélinas - Ontario NDP Indigenous Affairs Critic