Grassy Narrows women take action

Written by David

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Last week women from Grassy went out to the edges of their land, near where some cutting of the forest is still taking place. One of the women sent out this statement:

We will go there to feel a little bit of the suffering the land is feeling. We will go there to feel the life of our traditional laws which still roam strong amongst the animals, land, trees, water and spirits. Our laws still exist we just have to bring life to them by exerting them, by living them not just talking about them. They are being undermined by foreign laws and system of government and we are allowing this.

I feel I am trying to bring life to our laws but I am being charged right now by foreign and alien laws for building cabins. I am determined to continue so much so that this past weekend (and as often as I can) I took my six year old granddaughter Ashenokwa out there by snow mobile. What I’m doing is for her, my sons, future generations… We should be out there without fear, without being disturbed, without anyone stopping us for being who we are.

I am finding it hard to fight in their courts because it’s all to do with having money. I am not able to find this money. I cannot take money from my people too.

We will eventually head out soon. We will go there to pray for our relatives that are suffering, our kids that are being abused with alcohol and drugs, we will pray that our people remain strong and not fall prey to little deals, we will pray for strength, we will pray for unity, for health….

Clearcut on Grassy Narrows Land

4 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Steve Overton says:

    Wishing you strength and endurance in your struggle for freedom and justice

  2. michaelain kanzer says:

    Shame on those who destroy the land that belongs to us all. Greed kills not only the land but its people. Imagine an earth with no forest! Mother nature will pick up arms and so it will be written that man destroyed himself.

  3. Signatory to Treaty 3 "X" "CM" says:

    Mar 21, 2008
    On March 11 to 13, 2008 we went and slept in the wigwam we made and slept in also back in Jan 2008. The First time we slept there for one night. It was interesting that Ontario Provincial Police came all the way up as a result of calls from “concerned loggers”. The OPP founds it odd that we were up there sleeping in a wigwam in the middle of winter in the middle of no where. It’s not odd to us, were Anishnabek.

    It’s a war against the forest up there. It’s like as if they are trying to cut the forest down as fast as they can. From 2am to 2 the next afternoon logging trucks, fuel trucks, repair trucks, pick up trucks, logging equipment are just constantly going. It’s sad.

    The ceremony must continue…

  4. Mike Peters says:

    A few comments about this article. The first is that I would like to know what are the “traditional laws” that are being talked about. The second is why don’t they show pictures from a mile down the road where the new growth trees that were replanted are coming up? The third point is that it seems to me that many First Nations people are upset with development of resources and don’t want this occuring anywhere near where they live, but are very willing to partcipate in and use the modern day conveniences that come with living in and being supported by the people of Ontario and Canada (and directly or indirectly by some of these resources and industries that they are trying to stop).

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