The latest INAC report on the provision of drinking water to First Nations on reserve makes lots of claims to be delivering clean water. 97 First Nations still are considered to have HIGH RISK drinking water systems.
Since the announcement of the Plan of Action for Safe Drinking Water in First Nations Communities on March 21, 2006, actions undertaken by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Health Canada, and Environment Canada, have achieved the following results:
- In March 2006, 193 high-risk drinking water systems were identified; that number has been reduced to 97 in the past 12 months;
- In March 2006, 21 communities were identified as priorities; seven of these have been removed from that category, notably Woodstock (NB), Constance Lake
(ON), Ochiichagwe’bibigo-ining (ON), Wabigoon Lake Ojibway (ON), Driftpile (AB), Shuswap (BC), and Taku River Tlingit (BC);
- the Protocol for Safe Drinking Water in First Nations Communities was issued and put into effect; and
- an Expert Panel has provided a report on options for a regulatory regime.
- 875 water and wastewater operators have received on-going training through the Circuit Rider Training Program and all operators now have access to 24-hour support hotlines; and
- In the March 19, 2007 Federal Budget, Canada’s New Government announced there will be new standards to ensure that all First Nations have access to safe drinking water. The Minister is expected to table legislation in the Spring of 2007.
Plan of Action for Drinking Water in First Nations Communities - Progress Report March 22, 2007
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Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Progress on the Plan of Action
- Appendix A - 21 Priority Communities Progress Report