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Clean Drinking Water for All First Nations Communities

Clean-Water-for-First-Nations-English-Confederation-of-Canadian-Unions Water is the essence of life. According to the federal government, “everyone in Canada should have access to safe, clean drinking water.” In 2015, the federal government made efforts to end long term-drinking water advisories in First Nations communities. While we acknowledge that 136 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted as of October 2022, 30 advisories are still in effect in 26 communities, some of which have been in place for over 25 years. 

Water deemed unsafe could contain disease, viruses, bacteria or parasites. Those in First Nations communities under advisory have not been able to use common tap water without first bringing it to a rolling boil.

This constitutes a major health crisis and a gross violation of the basic rights of First Nations peoples in Canada. First Nations communities should not have to live under these conditions in one of the richest countries on Earth. 

The water advisories must end now. We demand the Liberal government declare a public health emergency and act immediately with their provincial counterparts to rectify this situation immediately. We demand the government invest resources and ensure proper funding to develop the publicly owned infrastructure necessary to end all water advisories in First Nations communities throughout Canada.

Send a strong message to the government now

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