Grassy Narrows marks 20 years of the blockade protecting its land from logging

By Logan Turner
CBC News
January 2, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

In early December 2022, community members from Grassy Narrows (also known as Asubpeeschoseewagong) braved winter temperatures to gather around a sacred fire and feast in celebration. They were marking 20 years of that sacred fire burning — 20 years of a blockade to prevent clear-cut logging and mining from happening in their traditional territories. It’s a blockade that’s needed as urgently now as it was in the 2000s, say community members from the Ojibway First Nation in northwestern Ontario. …Land that the First Nation considers part of its Indigenous protected area could be reopened to logging as Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) prepares a new 10-year forest management plan in the Whiskey Jack Forest, according to a ministry spokesperson. …As the First Nation continues to prevent resource extraction from occurring, community members shared their memories of the early blockade days and how the significance of their work has changed.

 

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