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Grassy Narrows Blockaders Speak in Saskatoon

Posted by patricklsmith on 2007.02.25 at 12:43
Respect Native Rights; Protect Ancient Forests


Indigenous activists behind the Grassy Narrows logging blockade will
speak about their fight to protect their culture, their forests, and their
Indigenous people’s right to self-determination on their Traditional
Territory. The event will include live music.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 at 6:30-9pm

Saskatoon public library downtown
311 23rd St East, Saskatoon

Wheelchair accessible

FREE.
Donations to support Grassy Narrows are welcome.

BACKGROUND:

2,500 square miles of forests, lakes and rivers north of Kenora,
Ontario
have sustained the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation for thousands of
years. Now Weyerhaeuser, and Abitibi, with the consent of the Ontario government
are driving a wave of destructive logging that threatens to uproot their traditional way of life.

On December 2nd, 2002 the indigenous youth of the Grassy Narrows
First Nation lay down in the path of industrial logging machines – blocking
access to their traditional homeland. Their action sparked the longest standing
indigenous logging blockade in Canadian history.

But, more than four years later, logging is still taking place on
remote sections of Grassy Narrows’ land, and on January 17th, the people
of Grassy Narrows called for a moratorium on all logging on their traditional
lands.

Weyerhaeuser, Abitibi, and the Ontario Government refuse to stop the
logging, and respect the community’s right to manage their territory as they
see fit.

Endorsed by: Rainforest Action Network, University of Saskatchewan Indigenous
Peoples Program, Sierra Youth Coalition, Saskatoon Amnesty International
Group 33, Saskatchewan Boreal Forest Learning Centre

For more information check out:

FreeGrassy.org


www.friendsofgrassynarrows.com


Contact: sashalex25@hotmail.com


***There is also a potential talk by the Grassy Narrows folks on
Tuesday Feb 27th at 10am at the First Nations University of Canada in Saskatoon.
Please contact the FNUC in the beginning of next week to
confirm(306-931-1800, 1-800-267-6303).

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