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December 15, 2023
Editorial Opinion: Too long a wait for water help
Winnipeg Free Press: In numerous news stories this week, the federal government’s new legislation aimed at improving water quality in First Nations communities was described as “long awaited.” That hardly begins to describe the decades of frustration, fury and feelings of betrayal and neglect that preceded Monday’s introduction of Bill C-61, formally described as “an...
September 27, 2023
Sask. First Nations among many in Canada continuing to fight for safe drinking water
A woman carries water jugs on the Neskantaga First Nation in Northern Ontario in September 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward) NationTalk: NortheastNow: It’s something that you might take for granted in your home or office, but imagine that something as simple as a glass of water was not readily available to you. As Canada marks...
July 25, 2023
Shoal Lake 40 sues Canada, Winnipeg for years without drinking water, road access
‘We shouldn’t have had to risk our survival just so Winnipeg could divert water,’ says chief. An old barge that would ferry people and goods from Shoal Lake 40 to the mainland. Photo: APTN file APTN News: A First Nation, whose lake supplies drinking water to the city of Winnipeg, is suing for a century...
March 29, 2023
Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse (Manitoba) Calls for Support of First Nations-Led Water Priorities and Realizing the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water
NationTalk: OTTAWA — Assembly of First Nations’ Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse spoke at the United Nations Water Conference, taking place in New York, to highlight the rights of First Nations in any action on water governance and the need for intensified action to realize the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation for...
February 3, 2023
Ontario First Nation hires outside firm to investigate 28-year boil water advisory
Neskantaga has lived under a boil water advisory longer than any other First Nation CBC News: A northern Ontario First Nation that has lived under a boil-water advisory for nearly three decades has hired an outside consultant to find out once and for all what ails the community’s water system. Neskantaga First Nation, roughly 450...
January 1, 2023
Make this the year of safe and clean water on every First Nations reserve
The Globe and Mail: OPINION – Globe Editorial Board Too often, a resolution to improve is a three-act tragedy. It begins with a hopeful desire to reverse bad habits. In Act 2, resolve falters and progress sputters. And finally, in Act 3, there is resignation. Ah well, there’s always next year. Act 3 is where...
June 19, 2022
Neskantaga First Nation marks 27 years under a Boil Water Advisory – 10,000 days!
NationTalk: LANDSDOWNE HOUSE, ON – The community of Neskantaga First Nation (NFN) marked today as the 10,000thconsecutive day of being under a Boil Water Advisory (BWA). Causing 27 years of anxiety, frustration, and hardship in the community and a major challenge for the federal government to resolve—the current BWA was first declared on February 1,...
November 26, 2019
Oneida Water Distribution System
Toronto Star/ Ryerson School of Journalism: The water distribution system on Oneida territory (with 2,200 residents) – operated by the community with regulatory oversight from Indigenous Services Canada – has failed to meet provincial standards dating back to 2006. Upstream, the nearby City of London dumps millions of litres of raw sewage into the Thames...
August 7, 2019
Maclean’s – Shoal Lake 40 grabbed national attention when its members used a brassy campaign tactic, protesting outside Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights in 2014 to point out a glaring contradiction: the water flowing through the museum’s taps came from an isolated community without clean water and a road. Hundreds marched on the city’s...
June 2, 2019
Shoal Lake: Finally gets a road after Winnipeg aqueduct cuts them off
CBC – It took the federal and provinvial governments 100 years to re-connect Shoal Lake # 40 First Nation to the mainland after construction of an aqueduct in 1919 resulted in flooding that cut them off from the mainland and eventually from their own source of drinking water. Winnipeg gets its drinking water from Shoal...
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