Indigenous community, water advocates, moving ahead on drinking water solutions – CityNews Toronto

Aug 31, 2022

An innovative way to bring clean water to indigenous communities is being installed in homes at a reserve not far from Toronto. The project an early step in a plan that advocates hope will eventually spread across Canada.

“Water is a basic human right no matter how rich or poor we are, where we come from, what the colour of our skin is we all deserve clean drinking water,” said water rights advocate Autumn Peltier.

Twenty-seven Indigenous communities across Canada are currently living under long-term drinking water advisories, and even in communities without advisories, getting access to clean water isn’t always easy.

Peltier is an ambassador for the Dreamcatcher Foundation, which is working with Healthy First Nations to install temporary filters house-by-house in Six Nations of the Grand River. The reserve of 13,000 residents is the most populous in the country, and located about 30 minutes from Hamilton.

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