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Federal government urged to step up work for clean water in First Nations – The Globe and Mail

by pmnationtalk on February 9, 2018236 Views

The federal government is lagging in its vow to end long-term drinking-water advisories in First Nations communities by 2021, according to a new report by the David Suzuki Foundation that gives Ottawa a failing grade on eight of 14 indicators.

The report, released on Thursday, said the government must expedite the capital approval process for water infrastructure and invest in First Nations-led approaches. It also called on Ottawa to clarify its plans to protect source water and make its budget more transparent.

“In a country as wealthy as Canada that is home to 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water, we can and we must ensure clean water for all,” Alaya Boisvert, one of the report’s supervisors, told a Vancouver news conference.

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