Grassy Narrows-Asubpeeschoseewagong-one hour north of Kenora
Grassy Narrows, where the water narrows and the wild water grasses grow.
Where the fish emerge from their eggs and grow healthy and strong.
Their rich protein feeds the peopleâAnishinabek
Fishermen come from the world to find the fish and the men of Grassy Narrows guide them to the best spots on the lakes and rivers.
The money buys flour for bannock and fuel for the boats.
Then one day the community realises something is wrong.
Judy da Silva says, âThe fish were acting strange. They were jumping right out of the water-onto the land and then dying there.â
As if they could not bear to stay in their habitat anymore.
The elders said that this was wrong. Something was wrong with the water.
Mercury-whatever would give a company the right to dump such toxic chemicals into the river?
As if it would dissolve and disappear.