Clean Drinking Water Now

Clean Drinking Water Now

Everyone in Ontario should have access to safe, clean drinking water. The Government of Ontario needs to work with Indigenous communities to improve water infrastructure on reserves and to end long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves.

In Ontario, 30 per cent of First Nations communities have drinking water advisories. Unfortunately, 40 per cent of these are in the riding of Kiiwetinoong. Ford's 80 per cent slash to Ontario’s Indigenous Drinking Water Program (IWP) is unacceptable and funding must be restored and increased.

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The province must not engage in jurisdictional games with the federal government. There are lives at risk. Ontario must uphold its duties as a signatory to Treaty 9. First Nations communities, such as Neskantaga, must have their basic human rights secured – this includes having access to clean water.