With more than 30 species already gone and over 400 species of plants and animals at risk, Canada is starting to get serious about protecting its endangered species. Between 19, natives in two northwest Ontario communities sat down to daily meals of poison.
Their staple food -- fish -- had record-high levels of mercury from a chemical plant up the river.
Debate still rages over just how sick the mercury has made the people of Grassy Narrows and Whitedog reserves.
There is no doubt, however, that the lingering pollution was a disaster for the natives and the lodge owners who had employed them as fishing guides.
Their source of food and jobs destroyed, the bands endured years of alcoholism and despair, government neglect and, finally, healing.