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Alberta 2017 Budget Includes $100M for Water on Reserves

March 17, 2017 - 10:07 am

The Alberta Government has released its Budget 2017, which includes $100 million in new funding to support access to water systems throughout the province, providing access to clean water for Indigenous peoples. Alberta’s provisions for water access to Indigenous people and people living on reserve...

Categories: News, Western Canada

Water Protectors

March 8, 2017 - 9:44 am

Kla. Tuu. Kwe. These are our words for water. As an indigenous woman, I am culturally, physically, spiritually, and mentally connected to water in ways that I am only now beginning to fully understand. Born from the ancient Nuxalk and Secwepemc indigenous peoples, living in modern day British Columbia...

Categories: Blog

Report Points to Source of Mercury Contamination in Grassy Narrows

March 3, 2017 - 7:52 am

A new report provides strong evidence that the old industrial chlor-alkali plant, that is upstream of the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) in Dryden, Ontario, is still leaking mercury. The Wabigoon River Mercury Remediation Study, dated February 1, 2017, was done...

Categories: News, Ontario

Exercising the Human Right to Water and Sanitation

February 27, 2017 - 12:39 pm

When the human right to life-sustaining drinking water and healthy sanitation is violated, anyone can call their governments to account. Those whose rights were violated also have the option of filing a claim in court. At least four legal frameworks protect the human right to water and sanitation. This...

Categories: Features

Incredible Potential of Onsite Water Treatment Systems

February 23, 2017 - 12:34 pm

Onsite wastewater treatment systems can provide permanent, affordable, and safe solutions for small communities. They can remove pollutants, including nitrogen and phosphorous, and often have a smaller energy footprint than conventional sewage plants. Onsite water systems keep water in the local watershed...

Categories: Features

Canada Lacks Research on Drinking Water and Indigenous Health

February 21, 2017 - 9:32 am

New research from the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan shows that research on drinking water and health outcomes in Indigenous communities in Canada is limited and has occurred on an opportunistic basis. Drs. Lori  Bradford, Lalita  Bharadwaj, Udoka Okpalauwaekwe, and Cheryl...

Categories: National, News

Seeking Answers in Grassy Narrows

February 14, 2017 - 7:58 am

The Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows) First Nation has been living with the effects of mercury poisoning for over a generation. While liability has not been established, it is known that between 1962 and 1970, the Reed Paper’s chemical plant in Dryden dumped 10 tonnes of mercury...

Categories: Features

B.C. First Nation in Court to Fight Proposed Mine

January 30, 2017 - 10:13 am

The Tsilhqot’in Nation is in federal court in Vancouver this week to oppose an attempt by Taseko Mines Limited (TSX:TKO) (TML) to overturn the 2014 federal rejection of TML’s proposed New Prosperity Mine, which the First Nation asserts will damage the natural watercourses in the region and those...

Categories: News, Western Canada

Wastewater Treatment Video Connects Community to Water

January 25, 2017 - 1:51 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has released a video detailing its wastewater treatment process at its biological nutrient removal (BNR) wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The plant treats water for four communities: City of West Kelowna, the District of Peachland, and Westbank First Nation...

Categories: Blog

$24.7 M for First Nations Resilience to Flooding and Rising Seas

January 20, 2017 - 9:16 am

The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $24.7 in First Nations climate resilience. Called First Nations Adapt, the program will direct funds towards identifying and ameliorating the impacts of climate change on essential infrastructure in communities on reserve. The program, announced...

Categories: News, Northern Canada

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