Legal Defence Fund for Judy Da Silva

Since April, Grassy Narrows First Nation activist and grandmother Judy Da Silva has faced mounting legal costs from a CN railway lawsuit, meant to intimidate her and other Indigenous activists who are working to protect waterways from oil spills and contamination.

Please join us in challenging this corporate bullying tactic and supporting Judy’s work to protect the water by contributing to her legal defence fund. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in the next 2 months.

Here are 3 things you can do to help right now:

1. Please donate now.
2. Please share this request with your friends, family, and colleagues. 
3. Listen to Judy speak out on CBC radio.

Judy was served with a lawsuit and injunction by CN railway on April 10, 2015 after she organized an Anishnaabe water ceremony near train tracks in Grassy Narrows. The ceremony was intended to protect waterways from contamination from train derailments. In the month prior to the ceremony, CN had reported three polluting train derailments.

Although a judge has thrown out the injunction, Judy continues to face a lawsuit from CN. Simply by fighting CN’s lawsuit, Judy is at risk of being ordered by the courts to pay CN’s legal expenses. Judy has also been saddled with the costs of mounting a defence including travel expenses for her and her pro-bono lawyer, filing fees, copying fees, and long distance charges.

CN is trying to bully and penalize Judy for organizing a traditional ceremony to protect the water. Please join us in supporting her legal defence fund.

More info:

Listen to Judy Da Silva speak on CBC radio

See national TV news coverage by APTN

Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy calls on CN Railto drop the injunction

Listen to Council of Canadians speak out on CBC radio

Council of Canadians calls on CN Rail to lift court injunction against Grassy Narrows protesters

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