Neskantaga First Nation's water crisis

Neskantaga First Nation's water crisis

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We are appealing to the public regarding this urgent matter.

Neskantaga First Nation community has been the longest standing boil-water advisory in Canada.

About 200 people were evacuated from Neskantaga after the water plant was shut down on Oct 19 after an unknown substance was found in the reservoir. That left 300 people without any running water at all. It has been more than 25 years since the Neskantaga First Nation People had tap water safe to drink.

Just recently, on October 26th, a new crisis occurred once again, leaving the community with no water service; thus, families were forced to evacuate their homes and community to seek shelter in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is about 400 kilometres away. However, some residents of the Neskantaga community are reluctant to leave due to the threat of COVID-19.

"No water to bathe. No water to flush toilets. No water servicing homes, the nursing station, the band office, the school," Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

This First Nation in northwestern Ontario members feel depressed once again; members of this community see their most vulnerable members such as infants, children and elders being evacuated. However, what has kept this community resilient after 25 years is staying true to their traditional beliefs. Indigenous People, as well as First Nations, recognize water as sacredness, which is the interconnectedness of all life.

How much longer will it take Canada's government to step up and help this community that needs clean water. Clean water is a human right, and Neskantaga First Nation peoples have dealt with this for over 25 years. There needs to be change; it is a matter of urgency. This is not the only community being affected; sixty more communities experience a lack of clean water access. Needless to say, most Canadians are privileged to have access to clean water.

We are seeking the assistance of the public regarding this urgent matter to sign this petition. Ask yourself if these were your children, your parents, or grandparents, what will you do. Empathy is putting yourself in someone else's shoes. What we hope to achieve is for this community to have access to clean water after 25 years. Seek to restore the Neskantaga First Nation community members a sense of dignity. It is inhumane, dehumanizing and humiliating for First Nation community members to be living in third-world conditions.

It is time for the federal government to intervene in this matter. It has been 25 years of lack of attention on this matter. We will not stop advocating for the restoration of clean water of the Neskantaga First Nation community.

Join us by signing this petition as well as seeking social justice for a fundamental human right.

 

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