Neskantaga First Nation Still Without Running Water

10 Nov 2020 by Staff - Water Diplomat
KENORA, Canada

The Nestakantaga indigenous community in Canada has had no running water since last month after high levels of hydrocarbons in the water supply prompted officials to shut it off, which led to an evacuation of more than 200 people.

The First Nation has demanded a commitment from Ontario’s government to contribute to a new distribution and sewer system.

Two members of Neskantaga First Nation visited the provincial legislature last week, calling for the government to play a role in fixing the community’s drinking water.

The Canadian government says a new water treatment plant is coming, but the timescales for this are not yet clear.

In a statement, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, said, “Canada is known as one of the greatest countries in the world to live in, but the people of Neskantaga are being denied the basic human right of access to clean water".

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently refused to commit to a pledge to end boil-water advisories on First Nations (Indigenous) communities by March 2021.

Related reading: Trudeau To Renege On Pledge To End Boil-Water Advisories For First Nations By 2021?

Canadian Rangers have been deployed to support Neskantaga First Nation with the water crisis.