Ontario is finally cleaning up a river that has poisoned First Nations for decades - 2017-06-28
After 50 years, the government of Ontario has finally committed the funds needed to clean up a river that poisoned more than 300 people in the Grassy Narrows and White Dog First Nations with mercury dumped by a pulp and paper mill.
On Tuesday, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray called Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister to commit $85 million toward a cleanup "in partnership with First Nations." The remediation action plan will include a study to identify all "hot spot" sites of mercury contamination, including areas that could be ongoing sources of mercury contamination, the chief told VICE News Wednesday.
"This commitment involves working with First Nations and partners to first identify all potentially contaminated sites, and then create and implement a comprehensive remediation action plan for the river system," the government said in a statement.