More than 1,000 people making water claims in Îyârhe Nakoda First Nation – Cochrane Today

Based on the number of people who came to the SHS signing blitz each day, Teegee said it’s likely the settlement has seen a big influx in claim uptake leading up to the initial deadline.

More than 1,000 and counting Îyârhe (Stoney) Nakoda members are seeking reparations for two drinking water advisories on the First Nation that lasted nearly a decade put together.

According to Stoney Health Services (SHS), drinking water advisories were in place for the First Nation from Nov. 27, 2001 to Aug. 2, 2005 and again from Oct. 20, 2006 to March 21, 2014.

Earlier this month, the health authority held a three-day First Nations Drinking Water Settlement signing blitz at the Bearspaw Youth Centre in Mînî Thnî (Morley), where 200 to 300 people submitted claims each day, with reasons ranging from having experienced skin irritation to more serious health issues including organ failure and cancer.

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