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Water Challenges

Indigenous Communities Facing Drinking Water Advisories

As of April 24, 2018, there are 76 Indigenous communities across Canada under long term drinking water advisories. An advisory is considered “long term” when it has been in place for 1 year or more.

A considerable number of these communities have been under a water advisory for multiple consecutive years. These communities include Neskantaga, Grassy Narrows, Chippewa of Georgina Island, Eabametoong, and Nibinamik, just to name a few.
The current Federal government has committed to lifting all long-term water advisories by 2021, which means that over 1000 water systems across Indigenous communities will be upgraded or replaced in the next 3 years. This funding is allocated through the Department of Indigenous Services Canada, and includes various phases of action in order to resolve a water issue:

  • feasibility studies
  • new system design work
  • interim repairs on existing systems
  • permanent repairs to existing infrastructure
  • construction of new infrastructure
  • improved training and monitoring

Research shows that Indigenous communities have Water Treatment plants that do not function properly due to:

  1. Being undersized for the community; lack of capacity to serve community needs 
  2. Poor or improper design 
  3. Use of inappropriate technology  
  4. Lack of funding or training to ensure the infrastructure is properly maintained 
  5. Inability to retain certified water plant operators

Further Reading
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen/neighbours-1.4618733/why-so-few-people-on-six-nations-reserve-have-clean-running-water-unlike-their-neighbours-1.4618968
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/10/24/enviro-watchdog-blasts-province-for-inaction-on-outrageous-pollution-in-indigenous-communities.html