With Justin Trudeau seemingly making the best of efforts to provide a healthy living and support for the indigenous people of Canada, it seems Chief Simon Fobister of the Grassy Narrows First Nation is not impressed at all.
“Trudeau is letting my people down by failing to lead on solving our mercury crisis,”
The statement was said in reply to Prime Minister Trudeau’s plan of action explained on Wednesday in a press conference in Calgary. He said that the Grassy Narrows issue is more on a provincial level than a federal level, but since he has been very involved with the province since the beginning of his campaign, they will ensure that the issue is taken in the right direction.
So basically, what Justin Trudeau did here was very smartly state that this was not his job, but since he wanted the indigenous people to keep supporting him, he would try his best not to forget about the issue.
The chief’s reply to the comment stemmed from the fact that in January, Prime Minister Trudeau informed the star that they would help solve the mercury problem once and for all. This sudden back track is not just a cowardly act but constitutes the lack of seriousness that the Trudeau administration is showing towards the indigenous people.
Between the years 1962 and 1970, the Dryden Paper Plant had been disposing off its mercurial waste in the river which is located 100 km upstream of Grassy Narrows. The waste totalled approximately 10 tonnes and is a serious health risk for the people who use the water from the river.
This is yet another one of Justin Trudeau’s promises that have been left unfulfilled or been put off for another time. Mercury poisoning is a very serious matter and for the indigenous communities, this is not just a major health risk but is also threatening to their way of life as the river is a major part of their ongoing daily activities.