Ottawa's funding offer for mercury care home in Grassy Narrows far less than needed, chief says - 2019-07-25
Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan has said the government is committed to building a care home to help the sickest of those impacted by the industrial mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows First Nation.
The money is "booked" and "approved," and the funding agreement the government wants the Indigenous community's leaders to sign is "for keeps" and "legally binding," he told CBC in June, adding that Chief Rudy Turtle will have "certainty … of our commitment financially."
After reading the proposed funding agreement, Turtle said he does not have that certainty. The document, he said, is "the opposite of what O'Regan promised me and what he is telling the public."