For most people in Canada, it is hard to imagine not having access to safe drinking water. Unfortunately, a lot of Indigenous communities in Canada do not currently have access to it. According to an article published by CBC, nearly 80 Indigenous communities in Canada are currently under long-term water advisories.
To make matters even worse, some of these communities are in very close proximity to towns or cities with access to clean running water and still do not have access to it. Many members of Indigenous communities feel that lack of access to clean water has also taken a toll on the overall health of its inhabitants.
As of this moment, the Canada Government plans to have zero boil advisory on reserves by 2021. In January 2018, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced that the government also plans to add 250 additional drinking systems. According to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the government is working closely with First Nations communities on this plan. They also state that ending a drinking water advisory is complex, with multiple stages and on average can take 3-4 years to complete.
So, do you believe the government will have 0 boil advisories for the nearly 80 communities that currently have them? Head over to CrowdBridge.ca to send in your vote now!