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Local Blue Planet committee focuses on right to water for First Nations

Council of Canadians chapter activist Janice Horgos writes in The Chronicle Journal, “Like 99 per cent of Canadians we in Thunder Bay enjoy safe, clean drinking water. But in a country rich with freshwater and state-of-the-art water treatment technology more than 120 First Nation communities, including 30 in Northern Ontario, are under boil water advisories, some for more than a decade.”

Photo: The chapter's 'Water Crisis in First Nations Communities' on Jan. 28
Photo: The chapter’s ‘Water Crisis in First Nations Communities’ on Jan. 28


Horgos notes, “The Thunder Bay Chapter of the Council of Canadians Blue Planet Committee is reaching out to First Nations and organizations to further our understanding of this complex issue and become a better ally. …We invite you to join our efforts to create an alliance for the right to safe, clean water and justice for all.”

She highlights a public event the chapter organized last month that featured Teresa Trudeau, a traditional healing co-ordinator with the Anishnawbe Mushkiki Health Centre, and Rob Stewart, associate professor of geography at Lakehead University. The event also included a screening of the film ‘Water Everywhere…Not a Drop to Drink’ about travels to Neskantaga and Lake Constance in search of answers. For more on that film, please see here.

The Thunder Bay chapter can be found on Facebook here.

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