Laced with fear: why some Ontario First Nations don’t trust tap water or eat the fish – CBC

Some Indigenous cultures see water as their ‘mum’ and they say she’s very sick

Apr 01, 2019

Water is something most Canadians take for granted. We have so much of it, it’s no wonder.

Per capita, our country has the world’s third-largest freshwater reserves, but yet in many Indigenous communities, water can be difficult to access, at-risk because of unreliable treatment systems, or contaminated.

That’s the case in Delaware First Nation, an Indigenous community of about 500 people an hour southwest of London, Ont., a place where fishing was everything 60 years ago.

“I come from a community where we used to fish,” Gordon Peters said. “Every year we had a social event that lasted maybe two to three weeks and we all fished.”

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