Lack of Clean drinking water in Indigenous Communities
Updated: 6/19/2020
Lack of Clean drinking water in Indigenous Communities
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  • Scene 4
  • I promise to eliminate long-term boil water advisories by 2021
  • Trudeau claims that they are on track’ to fulfill clean-water promise
  • Scene 5
  • Although change has been made & we are thankful for that, people still live without clean drinking water because almost nobody has piping into their houses that can carry in the newly clean water, just like us.
  • Canadian governments have spent many years and billions of dollars trying to make clean water flow from the taps on First Nations.
  • People don’t need a lot of information to understand what Indigenous communities go through, they just want access to clean water.
  • Scene 6
  • Clean-water access is an issue of living and breathing, it is a basic human right.To understand how this system became so unequal and why Indigenous people receive less funding for clean water than neighbouring municipalities, is solely because they are regulated federally and not provincially.
  • they never thought we would still be here. The fact that we are is evidence to our resilience and our strength as people
  • During the 2015 election campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promised to eliminate all long-term water advisories on First Nations by March 2021.
  • Despite the federal government’s pledge, many Indigenous communities still do not have potable water, and even if Trudeau does eliminate long-term boil water advisories, the actual issues that led to them are still not addressed, nor will it be guaranteed that the Indigenous communities will have long term access to clean drinking water.
  • So, only a small percentage of the population gets clean water — everyone else needs to buy big jugs of fresh water.
  • The federal government has a list of solutions to these long-term boil water advisories, including patchwork repairs, permanent repairs, entire new systems, and monitoring. However, a large chunk of the reasons for these issues is money. Indigenous peoples get much less from the government than they would from the province if they were a municipality of similar size.
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