March 22 is World Water Day – a great day to take action for water in your community! There are few things more important than clean, safe water, but damaging and polluting industries, the lack of strong federal government protections, and water privatisation efforts are putting many water sources at risk.

Did you know that there are many people who live without access to safe drinking water?

To date, there are 110 drinking water advisories in First Nations communities. There are routinely more than 100 water advisories in effect at any given time – some communities have lived under advisories for nearly 20 years.

Prime Minister Trudeau promised during the 2015 election campaign to end boil water advisories in First Nations within five years of forming government. In December 2018, the Parliamentary Budget Officer said the Trudeau government was spending only part of what it is needed to end drinking water advisories in First Nations. The newly elected Liberal minority government has committed to ending long-term drinking water advisories by 2021, but this commitment does not provide safe, clean drinking water to all First Nations, nor does it address more systemic issues of infrastructure shortage or Indigenous self-governance.

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