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David Suzuki, Indigenous leaders demand justice for Grassy Narrows –

“My inspiration comes from the fact you haven’t given up,” Suzuki told a Toronto audience, addressing decades of mercury contamination in the northern Ontario First Nation.

April 19, 2018

Standing alongside Indigenous leaders and advocates, David Suzuki broke down Thursday evening while issuing a call for justice on behalf of mercury-poisoned Grassy Narrows First Nation — after decades of government inaction and new promises to clean the river of contamination.

The resilience of the people of Grassy Narrows, Suzuki told a Toronto audience, gave him hope that his grandchildren can live full lives despite what seems to be a bleak future for the Earth.

“My inspiration comes from the fact you haven’t given up,” said the environmentalist and broadcaster, his voice choked with tears. “… We have the opportunity to learn from you.”

Resilience was a central theme of the event. Advocates and community members — including Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle and community elder Judy da Silva — spoke about the mercury contamination that has sickened generations in the northern Ontario community, but also about historic fights by residents over land rights and the haunting legacies of residential schools, flooding and relocation.

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