Wabauskang First Nation looking for mercury compensation

Ottawa and the Ontario government closed the books on mercury compensation two decades ago for those affected along the English and Wabigoon Rivers.

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Ottawa and the Ontario government closed the books on mercury compensation two decades ago for those affected along the English and Wabigoon Rivers.

But members of the Wabauskang First Nation in Ontario are now fighting to be recognized as victims of mercury poising from the time they were relocated downstream of the contamination in the 1970s.

APTN National News reporter Melissa Ridgen has this story.

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1 thought on “Wabauskang First Nation looking for mercury compensation

  1. We are all contaminated in one way or another!! My father and many other people fought in two great wars and wars since to give us freedom and this great land!! Did they get compensated for THAT?!?!?! No!!!! they went on to make a life and never bellyached eve when the government tried to cut to veteran’s benefits!! Life hands lemons or asbestos or abuse but we will never be compensated via cash and I guess for some it is all about he money!! For the rest of us, we just get out there and help clean it up, grow crops and gardens to feed those that are always wanting “compensation”!!! For those that do that, I call it “remaining in a poor me, look what what they have done toe, victim state”. One easy enough to get out of with some ambition!!!

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