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First Nation Water


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The lack of clean water in Indigenous communities is Canada' national shame. For years successive government have pledged to fix the problem, yet today there are 57 long-term and 25 short-term advisories in Indigenous communities across the country.

In 2005, then Prime Minster Paul Martin pledged $1.6 billion to correct what her called "a 100-year-old problem on reserves". The Trudeau government has invested some $8 billion dollars in First Nation's Drinking Water since 2016, but sixteen years later, the problems persist.

Indigenous communities say government initiatives suffer from a lack of holistic approach, unprofessional consultants or engineers and poor funding for operators and related infrastructure.

In the hope of moving this situation forward, WaterToday is giving the voice to people on reserves under long-term water advisories. Asking them to give us their account of the twists and turns of their long road to clean water, and tell us about their dealings with 'Isk" as they call Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).


THE INTERVIEWS

(click on titles for full interviews)



8/24/2021

WAUZHUSHK ONIGUM FIRST NATION- BWA issued 2008-05-26

Happy with the clean water flowing from its taps, Wauzhushk Onigum looks forward to the development opportunities it provides

8/16/2021

MARTEN FALLS FIRST NATION- BWA issued 2005-07-18

Marten Falls: 20-year old bwa to remain in effect until operations and maintenance funding is secured

7/21/2021

WASHAGAMIS FIRST NATION- BWA issued 2008-12-19

Water plant running, pipes flushed, final tests... And it's a go in Washagamis Bay!

7/19/2021

WAWAPAKEWIN FIRST NATION- BWA issued 2005-03-03

Under bwa since 2005, Wawapakewin band has to fly in bottled water from the nearest airport

5/30/2021

SAPOTAWEYAK CREE NATION- BWA issued 2020-7-10

Original Sapotaweyak water treatment plant located in the wrong place as a cost-efficiency measure

5/30/2021

XENI GWET’IN FIRST NATION

'We've always had clean water', Xeni Gwet'in Chief Lulua


4/22/2021

WASHAGAMIS BAY- BWA issued 2009-12-10

After a 12-year wait, Washagamis Bay community refuses to lift advisory until water is flowing through the pipes

4/22/2021

MINISTIKWAN CREE NATION- BWA issued 2020-03-09

Ministikwan water plant up and running while BWA still on, pipes deteriorate and community grows to distrust its tap water


4/18/2021

EABAMETOONG FIRST NATION- BWA issued 2002-08-01

7,199 days under boil water advisory, Eabametoong plagued with overcrowded housing, mould and fire. Part 1 of 2


4/18/2021

EABAMETOONG FIRST NATION - Part 2

Eabametoong Chief on diesel, sustainable energy, food security and natural resource extraction on treaty land. Part 2 of 2


EABAMETOONG FIRST NATION - Letter

Eabametoong letter to Prime Minister, Ontario Premier and Indigenous Affairs Ministers

4/14/2021

WHITE BEAR FIRST NATION- BWA issued 2011-09-20

End in sight for the 800 people of White Bear First Nation under BWA since 2011


3/25/2021

PETER BALLANTYNE CREE NATION, SK - BWA lifted 2021-03-22

O&M funding unchanged since the 80's. Pipes in such poor shape one repair often turns into multiple repairs down the line


3/23/2021

CHIPPEWAS OF NAWASH UNCEDED NATION, ON - BWA issued 2019/1/21

Nawash water treatment plant deficient since its inception in 1990, with inferior piping and even a garden hose leaking 70% of the treated water into the ground.

3/23/2021

STAR BLANKET CREE NATION, SK - BWA issued 2007/1/10

Star Blanket, SK, 14 years and counting:"We are a patient community, a humble community but at times our people get frustrated themselves"

3/22/2021

LITTLE PINE FIRST NATION, SK - BWA issued 2008/1/10

Collapsed water wells, trucked in water, uncertified operators, Little Pine's long slog to safe drinking water

3/10/2021

GULL BAY FIRST NATION, SK - BWA issued 2010/04/30

Deaf ears, lack of expertise and corruption:
Gull Bay's 20-year battle for clean water,
while moving from dirty diesel to clean energy


3/9/2021

PEEPEEKISIS CREE NATION, SK - BWA issued 2019/11/14

'Rodents and whatnot' in cracked and flood-prone cisterns

3/1/2021

INDIGENOUS SERVICES MINISTER ANTES UP!

Fixing long-term water advisories and overcrowded housing during a pandemic










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