Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle on Lack of Agreement over Treatment Facility

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Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle on Lack of Agreement over Treatment Facility

Chief Rudy Turtle from the Grassy Narrows First Nation speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill about the federal government’s failure to reach an agreement with the First Nation over care for residents suffering from mercury poisoning caused by industrial dumping in the northern Ontario community’s waterways during the 1960s. The community has been negotiating with the government for a long-awaited mercury poisoning treatment centre.

He is also asked about the preliminary report from the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxics that highlighted Canada’s inaction on the Grassy Narrows file. The chief was in Ottawa to testify at the House Indigenous affairs committee about the situation facing his community. (June 6, 2019) (no interpretation)