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Alberta First Nations sue Ottawa over safe drinking water

Drinking-waterThe 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