Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Some Hope for First Nations Water

Following last week's release of a national drinking water report card by Sierra Legal, a series of high profile announcements have hit the news.

That report was particularly critical of the federal government for its failure to provide national safeguards for drinking water and singled out the continued risk faced by First Nations communities, as demostrated by last year's evacuation of Kashechewan.

Today the Ministry of Indian Affairs and Northern Development & Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians (I'm not joking. That's really the full name of the ministry) announced new water treatment plants for Alberta's Driftpile First Nation and and for the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, Quebec.

Many more such announcements will need to come in order to close the safety gap for Canada's, and especially First Nations, drinking water supplies.

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