Despite progress on water, the threat of an Indigenous Walkerton remains: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy – MLI

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 2019285 Views

While boil water advisories are down, real reform is required to give Indigenous communities control over water safety and bring quality up to national expectations, writes Joseph Quesnel.

By Joseph Quesnel, February 4, 2019

The Liberal government recently announced that it was on track with reducing long-term boil water advisories on First Nations in Canada – and that they will meet their target of eliminating them completely by 2021. This is indeed good news and should be celebrated, even if short-term advisories continue to be a problem for many First Nations.

Indigenous Service Canada’s website reveals that 79 long-term advisories were cancelled since November 2015. When the Liberals took office, there were 105 advisories.

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