Experts Question First Nations Drinking Water Engagement Process – Water Canada

June 19, 2017

On May 29, 2017, the federal ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada posted a notice online that engagement with First Nations for safe drinking water would be undertaken.

The announcement came as a surprise to some leaders within the First Nations community and advocacy groups. Details of the engagement strategy were not presented to the communities or representative organizations prior to or at the time of its launch.

The information presented on the website also lacks direct or clear details regarding the engagement process. Instead, it describes:

“The Government of Canada will engage with:

  • national and regional First Nation representative organizations
  • First Nation technical groups
  • First Nation communities and other interested parties”

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