Water is a human right: Advocacy group dives into water crises affecting Indigenous populations – UCalgary

Water is a human right: Advocacy group dives into water crises affecting Indigenous populations – UCalgary

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 2021116 Views

World Water Day event March 22 highlights injustices facing communities under boil water advisories across Canada

Your alarm goes off for work and you roll out of bed, making your way to the kitchen. Once you get there you pour a glass of water, quenching your thirst from the night before as you begin washing fruit for your breakfast. Next, you rinse a few dishes before heading to the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth. By the time you leave for work, you have probably turned your tap on at least six times without giving it a second thought.

For most people, this simple routine is so commonplace that we take it for granted. But for 38 Indigenous communities across Canada, this is not the reality. The water they need for drinking, washing and bathing must first be boiled for at least one minute until it is safe to use.

“I think water should be the right of all our people, regardless of how many people are living on a certain reserve. If there is an accessible water source then they should be doing what they can to provide potable drinking water for that community,” says Warren Brown, manager of Lytton First Nation O&M Department Operation.

Read More: https://www.ucalgary.ca/news/water-human-right-advocacy-group-dives-water-crises-affecting-indigenous-populations

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