The community of Grassy Narrows First Nation has signed an agreement with the federal government to build a $19.5 million, 24 bed care facility for those suffering from mercury poisoning. Residents of Grassy Narrows First Nation, about 100 kilometres northeast of Kenora, Ont., have grappled with long-standing mental and physical health issues due to toxic mercury levels in the nearby English-Wabigoon River. Mercury treatment centre in limbo for Grassy Narrows ... (Members of Grassy Narrows wait outside a meeting between O’Regan and Turtle. Grassy Narrows First Nations chief hails more funding for mercury treatment centre. Residents of Grassy Narrows First Nation, about 100 kilometres northeast of Kenora, Ont., have grappled with long-standing mental and physical health issues due to toxic mercury levels in the nearby English-Wabigoon River. READ MORE: Grassy Narrows calls for government to build, fund specialized mercury treatment centre. The work to dig trenches to investigate the location, as well as groundwater sampling, has been estimated by a third-party to cost roughly $100,000, and the work would take roughly four weeks to complete. Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister demanded a treatment centre for mercury poisoning victims at a Nov. 28 news conference held at Queen's Park. OTTAWA — New money for a treatment centre for those living with the effects of chronic mercury poisoning comes as a ray of hope for a northern Ontario First Nation that has spent the past six decades in the shadow of a decades-old water contamination scandal. Grassy Narrows First Nations chief hails more funding for mercury treatment centre Over three years ago, Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle called for an investigation into the mercury poisoning of the soil and the river. OTTAWA — The federal government has signed an agreement with Grassy Narrows First Nation that will see a long-promised treatment centre for residents with mercury poisoning finally built in the community. "Our community members have suffered for so long," Grassy Narrows First Nation Chief Randy Fobister said in a recent interview. Based on a federally funded study, Grassy Narrows leaders are seeking a $19.5-million, 22-bed treatment centre, along with a trust fund to ensure that its operating costs are covered. The federal government has signed an agreement with Grassy Narrows First Nation that will see a long-promised treatment centre for residents with mercury … Chief Rudy Turtle signed the framework agreement with Indigenous Services Canada Thursday, which commits $19.5 million towards the construction of the mercury care home. The treatment centre is “dream come true” and once it … So have many in Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, also known as Whitedog First Nation, about 130 kilometres away. Canada Ottawa to … Grassy Narrows First Nations chief hails more funding for mercury treatment centre OTTAWA — New money for a treatment centre for those living with the effects of chronic mercury poisoning comes as a ray of hope for a northern Ontario First Nation that has spent the past six decades in the shadow of a decades-old water contamination By: Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press Posted: 12/6/2020 6:06 AM
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