After watching the season Premier of 'APTN
Investigates' (a National Television Program produced by the 'Aboriginal
People's Television Network' here in Canada) called 'Toxic
Links to Videos:
and after hearing about the toxic mess my friend
Kimlee and her people are dealing with at her Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba,
Canada, I thought --- this is just 'the tip of the iceberg' as far as
contaminated sites at First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities goes here in
Canada! So, I decided to take a closer look at the biggest part of that
'iceberg'. The part that is hidden from view! The situation that Kimlee's people
are going through with the toxic site in her community is appalling but sadly,
it is not unique to Indigenous communities in the Americas. I would even say, it
is a situation which is quite common. Something must be done now to clean up
this toxic mess. Otherwise, it is inevitable that people will get sick from it.
I believe that many people are sick right now from exposure to these
Here is what I have discovered:
1) There are at least 19
other First Nations' reserves in Canada which contain contaminated sites with
dioxins/furans and pcb's in them.
To see the full site reports and maps, click on the
blue numbers beside any site with the designation IIA in the same line (that is
the designation for 'Indian' Reserves. Remember, these are just the very few
that the Government has actually investigated at all. There may be many more!
Dioxin's and PCB's ( along with pesticides, the heavy metals Arsenic, Cadmium
and Mercury, as well as Nitrites) have all been linked to Type II Diabetes in
recently published and peer-reviewed studies.
2) To find out
what specific toxic crap may be in those contaminated sites on Reserves
Coast-to-Coast which Indigenous communities may be exposed to, click on the name
of the type of toxin and look at the site reports and Maps if there is 'IIA' in
the same line.
For Land and Life,
John H.W. Hummel,
P.S.Here's a bit more on what pollution has
done to some Dear friends of Mine!
As you know, I've been trying my best for the last
30 years, to get some justice for my dear friends at Grassy Narrows and
Wabaseemoong First Nations in Ontario. If you go to this Website and click on
the link: 'Marred by Mercury', you will see a very
recent CBC 'The National' documentary I had a hand in
Please watch it and share it widely. This is what
pollution can do to the people!