Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

November 3-9, 2020 : Weekly News Roundup

Conservative and NDP MPs continue to call on the Federal government to bring an end to the boiled water advisory in Neskantaga First Nation, while at the provincial level, it is the NDPs calling on Ford’s Conservatives to take action. The First Nations community of Neskantaga is in its second week of evacuation in Thunder Bay due to hydrocarbons found in the water system, rendering it yet again, unsafe. The community has been boiled water advisory for over 25 years.  

November 3, 2020 (TB News Watch):

Neskantaga takes water fight to Queen’s Park

Two community members sit in on provincial legislature Tuesday as First Nation calls for support fixing its drinking water from Ontario’s government

“Two members of Neskantaga First Nation, which evacuated earlier this month over a contaminated water supply, visited the provincial legislature Tuesday, calling for Ontario’s government to play a role in fixing the community’s drinking water. Located over 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Neskantaga has been under a boil water advisory for 25 years, making it the longest continual advisory in Canada.” Read more here…

November 3, 2020 (Dryden Now):

Neskantaga members protest at Queen’s Park

“Community members of northwestern Ontario’s Neskantaga First Nation are protesting at Queen’s Park, after 25 years of promises from the federal government and a lack of action. Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa hosted community members Lawrence Sakanee and Alex Moonis, who travelled over 1,100 km to Queen’s Park, as well as Chief Chris Moonias, Renita Moonis and Marilyn Waswa over Zoom, to call for a plan to return clean water to Neskantaga. “Our people are getting tired and frustrated. We are denied the basic human right of access to clean water. We fully support our members who have travelled to Queen’s Park to hold the Provincial Government responsible for their part in what our community is facing. Fix our water,” said Chief Moonias. Read more here…

November 5, 2020 (Kenora Online):

‘There’s no excuse’, Melillo on Neskantaga crisis

“Local politicians are standing up and fighting for Neskantaga First Nation community members, who are calling for action to end two weeks without any water, as well as over 25 years of boil water advisories. “The situation in Neskantaga is absolutely terrible. It’s unbelievable that it’s still happening in Canada. There’s no excuse for it anymore,” said Kenora MP, Shadow Minister for Northern Affairs and member of the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, Eric Melillo. “The government has shown that they can spend billions of dollars that they can respond to a crisis, and I think that not having clean water for 25 years is by-all means, a crisis. We’re hoping to see that situation resolved, and all of the long-term advisories across Canada.” Read more here…

November 6, 2020 (APTN):

Feds pressured again over Neskantaga water crisis: VIDEO

“NDP MP Charlie Angus once again pressured Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller on the ongoing water crisis in Neskantaga. Much of the First Nation was evacuated in October after high levels of hydrocarbons — found in crude oil and coal — were discovered in the water supply.” Watch here…

November 9, 2020 (CBC):

Neskantaga First Nation members could begin returning home on November 28

Community evacuated in October after oily substance found in reservoir, water shut off

“Members of Neskantaga First Nation, who’ve been in Thunder Bay since the community was evacuated in October, could begin returning home on Nov. 28 if the upgraded water treatment system is operational. Neskantaga was evacuated after an oily substance was found it its reservoir, and the water supply was subsequently shut off. “First we were told November 6, then we were told November 12, now it’s November 28,” Chief Chris Moonias said. “We don’t know. I’m not optimistic at this time.”” Read more here…

November 9, 2020 (TB News Watch):

Neskantaga residents will spent at least six weeks in Thunder Bay

Chief Chris Moonias says uprooted people are experiencing personal and social issues

“It will be at least the end of November before repairs to the water system at Neskantaga First Nation are completed. By that point, most residents of the remote fly-in community who were flown to Thunder Bay last month will have been out of their homes for about six weeks. Chief Chris Moonias says Nov. 28 is the latest target date he’s been given by the people working on the project. In an interview Monday, Moonias said the dates keep changing.” Read more here…

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