The Attawapiskat First Nation Band Council has declared a state of emergency last week over concerns about water quality. This First Nation community has never had access to safe drinking water, and now residents are told to refrain from taking long showers or washing food, due to the dangerous levels of toxins in the water.
Speaking to CTV News, Adrian Sutherland, an Attawapiskat resident says “In this country there are thousands of Indigenous people that don’t have access to clean drinking water. Now we can’t even bathe in it? This is ridiculous.”