Dirty Water for First Nations

by f.viau on January 20, 2016 - 5:12pm

In the article, “Bad water: 'Third World' conditions on First Nations in Canada” by Joanne Levasseur and Jacques Marcoux written on October 14th 2015, the topic that is brought up has been an issue ever since aboriginals have lost their land which is now owned by Canada. The article describes that there are many problems with the water resources in the reserves all around the country which seems to be ignored by the government. Click here to read more, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bad-water-third-world-conditions-on-first-nations-in-canada-1.3269500.  From 2004-2014, about 400 out of 618 First Nations have had water problems meaning that they have at least one water advisory in almost all the reserves in Canada which means they must boil their water before drinking it. The problem has only been rising since it has started and all the government does is send money in order to help the harsh conditions that First Nations have to face every year. Lalita Bharadwaj is an associate professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Public Health and she believes that there should be a much more targeted approach rather than only sending money to say that they have done something and move on to another problem. The author demonstrates that this is a great problem because it causes a lot of health risks and may become life threatening if nothing is done soon. It seems as if the issue is not taken seriously and that the government is simply pushing back the problem. The dispute here is that First Nations live in Canada but life within the reserve is almost as if they are living in a third world country. Many solutions are possible in order to help these individuals because as most Chiefs say, if we had someone on the ground and a bit more funding the problem would be solved for years instead of injecting money in a system that will not even function properly. The fact that we have not solved this issue already is alarming because we have already taken their land and it is in our duty to help them when they have a problem even though they want to live apart from Canada, they are still residents here and should be treated like any human being as the right to.    




At my first reading, your text seemed reliable, but I did research and something came up. I have consulted the World Bank Group web site about the percentage of population with access to improved water source which includes piped water. Further, I have looked at your original source, Cbc and it said that First Nations (in Canada) are ‘’unable to drink local water for 16 years’’. On the other hand, the World Bank Group revels that 100% of population in Canada have access to piped water since 19 years. My question is, is Cbc not reliable source or is it the World Bank Group who’s not?

Here is my sources: