Oneida students want Toronto to cleanup Green Lane
A handful of students from the Oneida First Nations were taking on the nation's biggest city Monday, demanding Toronto clean up its act.
They were concerned about the odour emanating from the Toronto owned Green Lane Landfill and how it may impact them for years to come.
It all started with 16 year old Lahsa Kayuntese.
"I was hunting one time and I got the smell of the dump. So I went to the longhouse and to the chiefs and the clan mothers on how we have to get organized to get it (Green Lane) closed," says Kayuntese.
Many First Nations people still passionate about hunting and fishing and those concerns about the environment are extended to how fish and wildlife are being impacted.
Toronto started shipping household waste to Green Lane in 2010.
The dump also accepts garbage from some area municipalities and local First Nations like Oneida.
But many are still concerned about a possible expansion with word that Toronto has purchased neighboring properties.
"We don't want to see the quality of the environment affected for our children," says Lot:t^t Honyust, an Oneida resident.
Toronto official say it has purchased additional lands but only as a buffer for the noise, dust and odour and that there are no immediate plans for expansion.
Protestors say they are planning further actions with the next possible target, Toronto city hall.