Current Problems: Drinking Water Advisories

Exploring Theme: "Reports on Drinking Water Issues"

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February 12, 2024

Piapot First Nation demands MP apologize, retract ‘baseless’ water plant burning remark

MP Kevin Waugh’s claim ‘misleading, grossly disrespectful and entirely unfounded,’ says Piapot leadership CBC Indigenous: A Cree First Nation wants a member of Parliament to apologize for saying First Nations in Saskatchewan have burned down water treatment plants over Liberal government inaction. The water treatment plant in Piapot First Nation, about 45 kilometres northeast of Regina, burned in...

October 19, 2023

A brief timeline of the First Nations drinking-water crisis

TVO Today provides a snapshot of the crisis, from 1995 to the present day A woman carries water jugs in Neskantaga First Nation, which has been under a boil-water advisory since 1995. (Jonathan Hayward/CP) CBC Indigenous: TVO Today – Ten thousand four hundred eighty-five and counting: that’s how many days Neskantaga First Nation has been under...

May 2, 2023

AFN BULLETIN – United Nations Water Conference 2023

NationTalk: SUMMARY:   The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) sent a delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the International Decade for Action or the “UN Water Conference” in New York, from March 22 to 24, 2023. The AFN’s delegation was led by Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse...

February 1, 2023

AFN BULLETIN – Repeal and Replacement of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

NationTalk: The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on work underway at the national office.More information can be found at Repeal and Replacement of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act (SDWFNA) SDWFNA came into force on November 1, 2013. First Nations criticized it for lack of meaningful consultation, imposing unjust liability...

August 30, 2021

Access to Drinking Water and Sanitation Infrastructure

“Inuit Tapariit Kanatami – A Joint Submission by Inuit Circumpolar Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation documents barriers to clean drinking water and sanitation among Inuit in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. The Submission provides recommendations to the UN Special Rapporteur as...

February 26, 2021

Auditor-General Report on Drinking Water Issues in First Nations

A report from Auditor General Karen Hogan tabled today in the House of Commons concludes that the support provided by Indigenous Services Canada has not been adequate to address long-standing problems with safe drinking water for many of Canada’s First Nations communities. Drinking water advisories remain a part of daily life in many of these...

February 20, 2021

Clean Water, Broken Promises

APTN – “Clean Water, Broken Promises”, a collaborative investigation into water issues in First Nations. Concordia University’s Institute for Investigative Journalism (IIJ) consortium has been investigating problems in water quality nationwide since September 2018. In November 2019, the group’s videos and articles revealed that in a half-dozen Canadian cities, lead levels in the tap water...

December 7, 2017

Parliamentary Budget Office

The parliamentary budget officer estimates it will cost at least $3.2 billion in capital investment to bring First Nations water systems up to the standards of comparable non-Indigenous communities in order to eliminate boil-water advisories by 2020. The spending watchdog’s latest report estimates the cost of updating drinking water systems at $1.8 billion, with another...

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