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GRASSY NARROWS FIRST NATION: Blessing the Earth

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  • Ishgooda, Senior Staff
    CPTnet December 1, 2002 GRASSY NARROWS FIRST NATION: Blessing the Earth On Monday the second of December, women, men,elders and youth of this northern Ontario
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30, 2002
      CPTnet
      December 1, 2002
      GRASSY NARROWS FIRST NATION: Blessing the Earth

      On Monday the second of December, women, men,elders and youth of this
      northern Ontario Ojibway community will gather on a logging road in the
      heart
      of the Whiskey Jack Forest. For four days, an elder will sing and play the
      waterdrum at sunup and sundown
      in a traditional ground blessing ceremony.

      Clear-cutting of Grassy Narrows' hunting grounds is destroying their way of
      life.

      During the four day ceremony no one may pass through the blessed area. Not
      children, not adults, not logging trucks. CPTers from Manitoba will be on
      hand
      to observe and to support the community as they challenge the further
      destruction of their traditional territory.

      For as long as the people of this community of over 700 can remember, they
      have harvested berries and
      medicines, hunted and trapped, and gathered firewood among these
      trees--spruce, poplars and birches.
      Treaty 3, signed in 1873 with Canada guarantees them access to their source
      of life.

      The province of Ontario and timber companies Abitibi and Weyerhauser have
      ignored these rights. Without
      meaningfully consulting Grassy Narrows residents, clear-cutting in the
      Whiskey Jack Forest is eroding native traplines, animal habitat and
      waterways.

      A letter dated November 27th from the community's legal representatives to
      the province and Abitibi states their concern: "that the proposed cutting in
      the Dead Fish Lake area [close to the reserve and including an elder's
      trapline] will destroy wildlife habitat and undermine hunting and trapping
      success in one of their few remaining intact hunting grounds."

      Community residents want constructive dialogue with Abitibi, but the company
      has yet to respond to the letter.


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