Clean your water bottle: study finds bacteria in water storage containers
APTN National News, August 7, 2017
Researchers studying higher rates of gastrointestinal illness in Inuit communities have a message for all Canadians: wash your water bottles and storage containers.
“People don’t really think about it,” said Sherilee Harper, co-author of the study recently published in the journal “Environmental Science and Pollution Research.” Read the rest of this entry
Contamination forces Ontario First Nation to close school, fly in bottled water
Weagamow First Nation dealing with water crisis for a week now
By Martha Troian, CBC News, November 14, 2016
People in a northern Ontario First Nation are in crisis mode after the community’s drinking water was contaminated because of broken pipes, forcing bottled water to be flown in and the school to be closed for over a week. Read the rest of this entry
First Nations teen solves remote community’s drinking water problems
He just graduated from high school, now this teen is running the water plant in North Spirit Lake
By Jody Porter, CBC News, May 3, 2016
A 19-year-old from North Spirit Lake First Nation is the key to solving a boil water advisory in place in his community for nearly as long as he has been alive.
The remote First Nation, about 800 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont., has been under a boil water advisory for 14 years. Read the rest of this entry
Neskantaga First Nation in 3rd year of state of emergency over suicides
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett explores conditions in remote community
By Jody Porter, CBC News, April 16, 2016
The chief of Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario says he is not lifting a state of emergency over suicides that was issued after four suicides in 2013 until the root causes of the crisis are addressed.
Chief Wayne Moonias made the remarks on Friday during a visit to his community by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. Read the rest of this entry
Dozens more Kashechewan children suffering with skin lesions to be evacuated
Former chief Derek Stephen says his infant niece survived open heart surgery in Ottawa just two months ago
by CBC News, March 21, 2016
Three children have been evacuated from Kashechewan First Nation, including a five-month old recovering from open-heart surgery, to get badly-needed medical help.
A total of 16 children with acute cases of skin infection have been identified for immediate help, said Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus. Read the rest of this entry
Bad water in First Nations leads to high rate of invasive infection, doctor says
‘Poverty kills,’ says Dr. Mike Kirlew, who studied invasive MRSA infections north of Sioux Lookout
By Jody Porter, CBC News, Oct 26, 2015
Bad water and inadequate housing is leading to a “dramatic increase in invasive disease” in First Nations north of Sioux Lookout, Ont., according to research published in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.
Northwestern Ontario, home to 10 remote First Nations that haven’t had safe tap water in more than a decade, is seeing one of the highest rates of community-associated MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in Canada, the study said. Read the rest of this entry
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation taking its case to UN
by Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press/CTV News, October 5, 2015
WINNIPEG — A reserve cut off from the mainland and under a boil-water advisory for almost two decades is taking its case to the United Nations.
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, which straddles the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, became isolated a century ago during construction of an aqueduct which carries water to Winnipeg. The reserve has no all-weather road and has been without clean water for 17 years. Read the rest of this entry
Grassy Narrows toxic tap water not fixed by boiling, expert says
No safe level for human consumption of chemicals found in First Nations’ tap water
By Jody Porter, CBC News, Sept 2, 2015
A biology professor who specializes in water quality and human health says the chemicals found in drinking water at a northern Ontario First Nation are “disturbing.”
Grassy Narrows (Asubpeeschoseewagong) First Nation, located about 100 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., declared a state of emergency last week amid growing concerns about the disinfectant by-products found in the community’s tap water. Read the rest of this entry
Alberta First Nations sue Ottawa over safe drinking water
The Canadian Press, June 16, 2014
Four Alberta First Nations have filed a lawsuit against the federal government in an effort to resolve long-standing
drinking water problems.
“We just want equality,” said Chief Jim Badger of the Sucker Creek First Nation, where water lines are tainted by poorly designed sewers. As well, cisterns are so inadequate that dead mice float in them, Badger said.
“All we’re asking for is equality with what other, white people, have, that Indians are not allowed to have.”
The court action – filed by the Tsu T’ina, Ermineskin, Sucker Creek and Blood First Nations – asks Federal Court to force Ottawa to upgrade their water systems, provide ongoing support to keep them operating safely and to refund money the bands say the government has saved over the years by not doing so. Read the rest of this entry