After 5 years, Oneida still has no clean water. Why a class action settlement could be a ‘relief’ – CBC

Mar 10, 2024

A First Nation south of London, Ont., says compensation from the federal government in a class action settlement will be a relief for members who haven’t had clean drinking water in years.

After a years-long court battle, Ottawa opened the First Nations drinking water settlement process in 2022, offering compensation up to $8 billion to First Nations that have suffered for long periods under drinking water advisories.

It compensates those affected by a lack of clean drinking water in First Nation communities across the country for at least a year, between Nov. 20,1995, and June 20, 2021. The settlement deal covers 142,000 individuals from 258 First Nations who could be compensated, along with 120 First Nations communities.

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