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They Were Tired of Dirty Tap Water. So They Became the Water Authority – VICE
After going decades without clean drinking water, 15 First Nations in Atlantic Canada have signed an agreement with the federal government to create the country’s first Indigenous-led water authority.
July 2, 2020
Tracie Johnson grew up in Potlotek First Nation, a Mi’kmaq community in northeastern Nova Scotia. It’s one of hundreds of Indigenous communities across Canada that have grappled with water advisories. Growing up, sometimes the water was clean, sometimes it was brown, and sometimes it didn’t flow at all, Johnson said.
When the water was brown, community members had to travel to Saint Peters, a Cape Breton village about 10 minutes west by car, to do laundry; otherwise their white clothes would come out stained. Residents still used the tap water to shower and brush their teeth, Johnson said.
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