Demand Clean Drinking Water on All First Nations Reserves in Canada Immediately

  • by: Amelia Meister
  • recipient: Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and PM Justin Trudeau, Canada

Imagine being unable to access clean water from the tap, knowing that the water is unsafe for your children. Imagine your child's body erupting in sores and boils from being washed in contaminated water. Imagine your government doing absolutely nothing for over a decade. This is the situation facing over 100 First Nations communities in Canada right now, where some communities have been under boil water advisories for over 20 years. 

It is shameful that, in one of the G8 countries, thousands of people do not have access to clean water. Increasingly shameful is that the UN has recently released a report calling on Justin Trudeau and his government to address the issue. Clean water should be an obvious right in this country and yet First Nations' communities are ignored in their calls for help from the federal government.

The issues range from mercury contamination to inadequate sanitation systems leading to invasive, antibiotic-resistant infections in children and increased illness and poor sanitation in the general community. 

Sign now to help hundreds of children access clean drinking water. By signing you are making the statement that water is a right and that the water crisis facing First Nations in Canada can no longer be ignored.

To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, 

Right now we have a crisis of unthinkable proportions in Canada. Over 100 First Nations are under a boil water advisory, some for more than a decade. It is shameful that Canada has been ignoring this crisis and not investing in the necessary infrastructure to ensure clean water in these communities. 

I ask that you immediately invest in clean water solutions on all First Nations communities that are under a boil water advisory. The UN has recently released a report advising that you do so. As a G8 country, it is shameful that we have thousands of people living in third world conditions, unable to access clean water. 

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