During question period recently local MP Niki Ashton brought up Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan’s recent visit to Grassy Narrows First Nation.
Ashton says he went to the community to sign an agreement based on a two year old promise to a community that has been ravaged by Mercury poisoning only to return empty handed. She then accused O’Regan of blaming the chief saying that he changed his mind and said that Grassy Narrows is calling for what they were promised include a Mercury care home and treatment centre.
When she asked if the liberal government will keep their promise to the people of Grassy Narrows, O’Regan responded by saying that building a health facility in grassy narrows first nation is a priority and the hope was to sign an agreement to move forward in addressing the needs of the community.
He added that conversations are ongoing and they will continue working with Chief Turtle and his council until they agree on a solution that meets the health needs of Grassy Narrows First Nation.