The Prime Minister has responded to the TRU community’s letters calling for justice for Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows First Nation) sent as a part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign in December.

Grassy Narrows First Nation has faced 50 years of mercury poisoning in the water of their community as a direct result of government inaction. Generations of Indigenous youth have grown up with devastating health problems and the loss of their cultural traditions of fishing and living on the land.

On December 10, the TRUSU Equity Committee hosted a letter writing day for community members to take action against 10 cases of human rights abuses against youth around the world, including the case of Grassy Narrows youth. Hundreds of letters were sent to governments engaged in inequitable practices around the world, including Prime Minister Trudeau. “It’s good news that the Prime Minister has seen and engaged with our campaign,” said Vice President Equity Brandon Hayashi. “There is an acknowledgment that the Federal Government needs to be responsive to this issue and fulfill their promises to make progress on reconciliation with Indigenous communities, and Grassy Narrows in particular.”

Click here to see the response letter from the Prime Minister’s office

Click here to visit Amnesty International’s page with more information about the campaign and how you can get involved in the fight for justice for Grassy Narrows.

For more information contact:

Brandon Hayashi
Vice President Equity

Dylan Robinson
Equity Coordinator