by Erica Violet Lee, Policy Alternatives, September 1, 2016
After four days of being shut off from its normal supply of water due to an oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River, the Muskoday First Nation has declared a state of emergency.
The move was announced Wednesday afternoon when officials said the “discontinued supply of water” required “prompt action.”
About 800 band members live on the reserve, which is about 15 kilometres south of Prince Albert, Sask. The community is one of several in the area which is connected to a rural water utility that is normally supplied from Prince Albert’s water treatment plant.