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OTTAWA--Grassy Narrows will get another day in court.
The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it will hear Grassy Narrows First Nation’s case challenging Ontario’s authority to issue logging permits on its traditional territory.
Grassy Narrows says the community’s rights are enshrined in 1873-signed Treaty 3 and that Ontario is infringing on those rights.
Grassy Narrows lost earlier this year before Ontario’s Court of Appeal. It has been fighting the Ontario government over the Whiskey Jack Forest for years after the province issued a license to Abitibi-Consolidated Inc., which is now known as Resolute Forest Products Canada Inc., to clear cut parts Grassy Narrows’ claimed territory.
The people of Grassy Narrows are still grappling with the after-effects of mercury poisoning. Mercury dumped into the Wabigoon-English River system by a pulp mill destroyed their commercial fishing industry and poisoned the fish, which was a main source of food.
The Supreme Court posted their decision to grant leave to appeal on its website.