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July 4, 2024

Calgarians aren’t the only people in Canada in the midst of a water crisis. But they’re the only ones we seem to care about

Within hours of a water main break in Calgary, repair work kicked off. It’s a sharp contrast to what happens in many First Nations communities.. Toronto Star: When a massive water main burst in Calgary in June, it felt for many residents like the world turned upside down. Mayor Jyoti Gondek declared a local state of...

June 12, 2024

Calgary’s water woes are giving residents a taste of rez life

PUBLISHED JUNE 12, 2024, UPDATED JUNE 13, 2024 The Globe and Mail: OPINION – TANYA TALAGA, SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL It must be a strange, dystopian time in Calgary, like someone has turned the city into a giant rez. Of course, if you’ve never been to a First Nations reserve, you probably wouldn’t know what...

April 24, 2024

For First Nations in Alberta, drought only compounds existing water issues

There are more than 3,700 wells on reserves in Alberta, advisory group says CBC Indigenous: Like many in Alberta with a severe drought bearing down, Rupert Meneen has water on his mind. “Our source water is a little creek that runs near our community,” says the chief of Tallcree First Nation in northern Alberta, roughly 100 kilometres...

January 25, 2024

Attawapiskat member files UN human rights complaint over decades-long struggle for clean drinking water

Charles Hookimaw’s submission to the international organization aims to hold ‘Canada’ accountable: ‘It’s been dragging on too long’ First Peoples Law Report: IndigNews – An Attawapiskat member has submitted a 500-page human rights complaint to the United Nations over his First Nation’s lack of access to clean drinking water. For months, Charles Hookimaw has been...

January 23, 2023

Feds commitment to Onedia water supply met with hope and uncertainty

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu hopes the deal will be signed this spring CBC News: Monday’s announcement that the federal government intends to pay for an 18-kilometre pipeline extension to bring clean drinking water to Oneida Nation of the Thames earned a mixed response from leadership in the Indigenous community. In an interview on London Morning, Indigenous Services...

December 20, 2022

State of emergency declared amid water shortage in Oneida Nation of the Thames

It’s costing $20K per day to ship water into the community, officials say CBC News: Leaders of an Indigenous community near London, Ont., are calling for the federal government to work with them to help solve chronic water supply problems after a state of emergency was issued Tuesday due to low water levels. Residents of Oneida...

December 8, 2020

Shamattawa First Nation

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc – Letter to PM Trudeau – With 264 confirmed COVID-19 cases in a community of just over 1000 people, Shamattawa First Nation in northern Manitoba immediate assistance from your office to help us evacuate the Elders of Shamattawa to ensure they are able to safely isolate in closer proximity to health...

October 22, 2020

Neskantanga First Nation

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) – Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Neskantaga First Nation Chief Chris Moonias have demanded a coordinated response to the State of Emergency declared by the remote community as immediate heath threats from the water system has forced the community to evacuate its members. Indigenous Services Canada has refused to acknowledge the...

December 2, 2019

Tataskweyak Cree Nation proposes class-action lawsuit

National Post: A chief of a Manitoba First Nation is proposing a class-action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of her community and other reserves that have experienced long-term boil water advisories. Tataskweyak Cree Nation Chief Doreen Spence said in a statement of claim filed last month that people are unable to practise their...

July 9, 2019

Attawapiskat First Nation

CBC – Attawapiskat declares a state of emergency over state of drinking water. Tap water shows potentially harmful levels of disinfection by-products. Pro-longed exposure to THMs and HAAs can cause skin irritation and could increase the risk of cancer, according to a consultant report prepared for the community. THMs and HAAs cannot be cleared through...

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