To: Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Elliott

Trudeau and Elliott: Admit that mercury killed Steve Fobister Sr.

Trudeau and Elliott: Admit that mercury killed Steve Fobister Sr.

Immediately admit that Steve died from mercury poisoning, and commit to justly compensate all of Grassy Narrows for their losses.

Why is this important?

On Thursday October 11 Grassy Narrows leader Steve Fobister Sr. passed away after many decades of fighting mercury poisoning in his body and fighting denial from government.

Steve’s grieving family says that "Steve always wanted the government to admit that he had been poisoned by mercury. Now we take up his fight to honour him. Trudeau and Elliott, will you admit that Steve was poisoned, and will you compensate Grassy Narrows fairly for our mercury crisis?"

I am sad to hear that 48 years after mercury pollution was discovered in Grassy Narrows’ river no government has ever acknowledged that even one person in Grassy Narrows has been poisoned by mercury.

This denial and environmental racism must end. I join Steve’s family in demanding that you admit now that Steve Fobister Sr. was poisoned and killed by mercury!

I am shocked to learn that 94% of Grassy Narrows people receive no compensation for the mercury crisis which continues rob them of their loved ones and to ravage their health, culture, livelihood, rights, and environment. All must be compensated until they enjoy the same quality of life they enjoyed before mercury and the same wellbeing that others in Canada take for granted.

Commit to compensate all Grassy Narrows people fairly for the ongoing mercury crisis which all governments have denied and neglected for so long!

I further call on you to act quickly to fulfill your governments’ promises to:
1. Fully clean up Grassy Narrows’ river,
2. Build a care home and treatment center for mercury survivors in Grassy Narrows,
3. Comprehensively reform the Mercury Disability Board.

The survivors of this avoidable disaster deserve the best possible health care and support including a Mercury Home and Treatment Centre so that their sick loved ones can be treated with dignity, close to their families.

This is an issue that matters deeply to me and millions of other people, and I will be following this closely to see that mercury justice is delivered to Grassy Narrows.


Reasons for signing

  • clean water is a human right in more than 110 countries in the world but not in Canada
  • Grassy Narrows in another reason Canadian politicians should hang their heads in shame. So quick to denounce and criticize other countries while Canada's native people are thrown under the bus. Wynne was a big reason that Grassy Narrows was ignored for years in spite of all the evidence of mercury poisoning. Shame, shame, shame.
  • I am totally disgusted with anyone who gets into Canadian government and cabinets. They have no heart or soul, they lie and smile and never treat original Canadians with the respect they've always deserved. The lives and ways of Indigenous Peoples continue to be torn to shreds and discarded without thought. Wake up Canadians! We need to take action!

Updates

2018-10-18 13:55:07 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2018-10-18 11:57:40 -0400

500 signatures reached

2018-10-18 11:08:08 -0400

100 signatures reached

2018-10-18 11:04:46 -0400

50 signatures reached

2018-10-18 10:58:28 -0400

25 signatures reached

2018-10-18 10:47:40 -0400

10 signatures reached