PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED
The G&R Recycling facility in Kanehsatà:ke, Québec, has been reported to contain toxic waste without permits or precautions to prevent spillage into the environment;
Health experts cited in the Toronto Star identify this waste as a threat to human health and environmental watchdog groups warn that these toxins may eventually taint waterways that affect the lives of millions of citizens;
The G&R site is no isolated incident;
Throughout our country, there is a shameful legacy of unregulated and dangerous waste sites allowed to operate on Indigenous lands and adjacent to the homes of Canada's racialized populations;
Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is a national priority and a growing consensus is building around the need to act on environmental racism; and
Strong policies and the political will to act on them are needed to prevent future sites similar to G&R, from harming the health and well-being of coming generations of Indigenous and racialized citizens.
We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Canada call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled:
To mobilize the vast resources of the federal government to immediately secure and decontaminate this dump site in Kanehsatà:ke and others like it; and
To put forward concrete plans to enact the measures addressing systemic environmental racism as now proposed in the Private Member's Bill C-226 (National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Act).