CN Injunction Against Grassy Narrows Members Extended For A Month

Judy Da Silva, right, stands outside the Kenora courthouse after an injunction against her was extended.

Judy Da Silva, right, stands outside the Kenora courthouse after an injunction against her was extended.

By Grace Protopapas | KenoraOnline

Injunction extended against Da Silva

A court injunction against Judy Da Silva and members of Grassy Narrows has been extended for a month.

The order allows police to remove Da Silva, if she takes part in a blockade of the CN main line north of Kenora. Last Friday, First Nation members said they were going to block the railway, in order to perform a traditional ceremony.

The elders hoped to protect local waterways from contamination, through the water ceremony. They noted the railway had three derailments within a month, including a spill near Timmins, which impacted a nearby First Nation.

After the court appearance, Da Silva addressed supporters outside the court house.

“I don’t care about the injunction. I don’t care that I’m in the court room that’s foreign to me. What I do care about is our ceremonies,” she said.

“As Anishinabeg, I guess our strength as people, we need to stand up for the water in any way that we can, even if it’s a ceremony,” she added.

As the court case proceeds, she is getting support from aboriginal leaders, including Regional Chief Stan Beardy from the Chiefs of Ontario, who believe she is protecting treaty rights. Speakers at the gathering outside the court house this morning included Elder Nancy Morrison and former grand chief Leon Jourdain.

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