Since time immemorial, Indigenous people have used hides for clothing, shelter, ceremony and more. Canada’s colonial policies sought to stamp out these traditions, but community organizations are fighting to revive them.
Between 1962 and 1970, 10 tonnes of untreated mercury were dumped into the water near Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum-Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation). Decades later, the community is still suffering from the poisoning.
Contaminated water in the English-Wabigoon river system has impacted the people of Grassy Narrows and Wabauskang First Nations for generations. Today, elders are still fighting for the government to acknowledge its ongoing impact.