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The Grassy Narrows & Islington Bands Mercury Disability Board

The Report – A Valuable Study Tool

The full report can be a very valuable source of information for students of all ages.

Industrial pollution was not as huge a factor in 1970 as it is now. Science and social study classes could focus on them as study projects.

Social study classes could research the changes in occupations over the last century. This would include traditional life styles, the effects of government policies that affected residents and the attempts to adjust to social change. The aboriginal history of the region could be explored. Comparisons of the effects of industrial pollution in this region to experiences of inhabitants in other areas, such as James Bay, or the effects of uranium mining on the Great Bear Lake Dene Indians.

Social studies classes could study the legislative system at the First Nations Council level, as well as at the provincial and federal levels. A special project could study how a community can apply pressure on government to do something special for its community or region. This is known at times as lobbying.

Councils could benefit by observing the experiences of their leaders in their efforts in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s to obtain compensation.

New staff members in health centers, hospitals, Ontario Provincial Police detachments as well as other community agencies should be made aware of the effects of mercury poisoning. It explains many of the mental, physical and social problems people of all ages experience.

It could be an undertaking of the Mercury Disability Board to make available copies of both the short version and the full report to schools, libraries and other agencies in the communities.