The only article published this week was an analysis piece in the Globe and Mail exploring the long-term impacts of boil water advisories on First Nations. This article features the story of community members from Tataskweyak First Nation, whose experiences closely parallel those of Neskantaga First Nation. The piece also mentions a class action court case filed by both First Nations alongside others last spring. This case alleged that Ottawa violated its fiduciary duties to First Nations people, as well as the Constitution Act and parts of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
January 9, 2021 (The Globe and Mail):
First Nations communities pursue clean drinking water through the courts
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“This time of year, with the temperature plunging below -20 C, a snowmobile and an ice chisel are required tools for anyone in Tataskweyak Cree Nation in need of fresh water. There’s the bottled stuff, trucked into town courtesy of the federal government, but the weekly shipment of 1,500 cases is only sufficient to meet basic consumption needs. For cleaning, cooking and basic hygiene water, many residents need a supplementary source. And rather than use their tainted tap water, they follow a snowmobile trail several kilometres to Assean Lake, pails in hand.
“What are they going to do?” Chief Doreen Spence said. “Most people here don’t trust the tap water at all.”” Read more here…