University of Guelph Prof. Faisal Moola was interviewed for a June 7 National Observer story about the Ontario government’s struggle to address a decades-long problem of mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows First Nation.
A professor in U of G’s Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Moola has consulted on water remediation with the province and has worked with the Grassy Narrows community. In the article, he talks about how the Treaty Three First Nation in northwestern Ontario is an example of what can happen when environmental policy isn’t prioritized. He said Grassy Narrows is a litmus test in many ways for how government will address other issues, such as clean drinking water in First Nations Communities, and that the issues are not just about the environment but about justice as well.
Moola is the former director general of the David Suzuki Foundation in Ontario. He works closely with several First Nations communities, including Grassy Narrows First Nation, in defence of their lands and treaty rights.