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‘Write for Rights’ campaign set to launch in Perth

by | Dec 2, 2019 | Local News | 0 comments

December 10th is International Human Rights Day. 

To honour the occasion, Lanark County Neighbours for Truth & Reconciliation, St. Paul’s United Church and Amnesty International have come together to present an evening of education and action on the mercury poisoning in the English & Wabigoon River system at Grassy Narrows First Nation.

The mercury poisoning has posed a profound threat to the First Nations peoples who depend on these waters for their livelihood and well-being. 

For over 50 years Grassy Narrows First Nation has lobbied for governments to clean up the spill and to provide healthcare to the victims.  In 2017 the federal government promised to deal with the mercury crisis once and for all and yet nothing has been done.

Amnesty International holds an annual Write for Rights campaign to bring attention to profound human rights injustices around the world and chose Grassy Narrows as one of the most critical injustices in Canada today.

You are invited to St. Paul’s United Church on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00pm for a short film and a talk with Judy DaSilva, a community organizer from Grassy Narrows who will be joining by Skype. 

There will be an opportunity at the meeting to write a letter to the federal government demanding swift action. Organizers will also be signing a statement of solidarity to be sent to the Grassy Narrows Youth Organization to provide encouragement and support.

You can find out more here: www.lanarkcountyneighbours.ca

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