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Mamakwa, Rickford clash over clean water – Dryden Now

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 2019103 Views

Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa is continuing to advocate for the equal access to clean drinking water for First Nation communities across his district, and is also seeking an apology from Kenora Rainy-River MPP Greg Rickford.

During Question Period at Queen’s Park, Mamakwa was advocating for more support for northern communities in need of clean water access – citing Neskantaga First Nation, who have been under a boil water advisory since February of 1995.

“In February 2019, I visited Neskantaga. I was told that 16-year-old Cora Atlookan had died by suicide days before. It is unfortunate that she lived her whole life with no access to clean drinking water other than bottled water.”

“Young people in Neskantaga no longer trust the water even when they go to places with clean running water. They continue to buy bottled water. Access to clean drinking water is a human right.”

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