Friends and family are saying farewell to former chief and grand chief Steve Fobister of Grassy Narrows. He was often the face representing Grassy Narrows members, as they dealt with the impact of mercury contamination.
“Today is a sad day for our Nation with the passing of Steven Fobister, Sr.”, stated Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh.
"Steve Fobister was a former chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation and a former grand chief of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3. He was a tireless advocate for the Anishinaabe people, and he brought awareness to the need to protect the environment, address systemic racism which impacted Anishinaabe people accessing the justice and health systems. He shared his time and his knowledge with his community, with leadership of Treaty #3 and provided a voice for those who could not," continued the grand chief.
An example of the advocacy of Steven Fobister Sr. was in 2014 when he began a hunger strike in an effort to bring attention to the impact of mercury contamination to the citizens of Grassy Narrows and the ongoing impact of the contamination of the Wabigoon-English river system. He ended his hunger strike when he was able to meet with the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and received assurances that the issue of mercury contamination would be addressed.
The Nation and our Treaty #3 leadership extends our condolences to the Fobister family and the community of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, the grand chief added.
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