Neskantaga First Nation’s chief says residents don’t support federal drinking water settlement – CBC

Apr 29, 2022

Ottawa, First Nations gave update on settlement process on Thursday

Residents of some First Nations affected by unsafe drinking water can now file claims under a settlement with the federal government, but the chief of one northwestern Ontario community says they don’t support the arrangement.

“I just want to say that I’m not in agreement with the settlement,” said Roy Moonias, a member of Neskantaga First Nation, which has been under a drinking-water advisory for nearly three decades.

“I heard the community say the same thing. They’re not in agreement.”

The settlement was signed last year, after members of First Nations in communities with a water advisory of at least one year since 1995 launched a legal challenge in 2019.

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