Grassy Narrows Clan Mothers Issue Eviction Notice

Grassy Narrows Clan Mothers Issue Eviction Notice

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John Ahni Schertow
December 15, 2007
 

Following the the 5th anniversary of the logging road blockade at Grassy Narrows on December 2, 2002, another eviction notice (pdf) has been given to a logging camp presently on Asubpeeschoseewagong Territory.

According to this blog post on the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) website, “the women have not heard any response yet and are waiting and will continue with this land protection initiative.”

In an email that was forwarded a couple days ago, Judy DaSilva, a clan mother from Grassy Narrows and member of the grassroots effort to end clear cut logging there, offered these thoughts:

These 4 women are out there right now as we speak, handing this notice to the people devastating the land and forest of the Anishinabe people. Send positive thoughts out their way to protect them from danger. They are at least 4 hours from Asubpeeschoseewagong Village (Grassy Narrows Indian Reserve). They are in the north end of our traditional territory.

Gitchi Meegwetch

At the moment, there’s no more information available beyond this, however another blog post on RAN gives some current background:

“Those following the story in Grassy Narrows know that the community began high-level negotiations with the Province of Ontario last month. The talks are aimed at establishing a moratorium on industrial development within the community’s traditional territory.

The eviction issued [on December 12, 2007] is similar to a notice (pdf) issued to loggers in December 2005 just prior to the last major escalation of protests and blockades initiated by the community.

RAN staff and representatives from a host of organizations working in solidarity with Grassy Narrows are meeting with leadership in the community today to coordinate support for the community through the Spring.

Check back to this post and FreeGrassy.org for more information as it becomes available.”

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