‘We’ve been dictated to here by government’: How colonial systems have left some First Nations without drinking water – APTN News

Feb 18, 2021

When Ed Morrison 1 needs government approval for a project in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation he has a strategy he can use to ensure public servants take his proposal seriously.

“I can tell them exactly what needs to be done and how to do it, […] but they don’t listen,” Morrison said in an interview. “But the minute I go and hire a white man and pay him to say the same damn thing, then ‘Here you go, […] we’re going to fund this.’ A lot of these people have a lot of control over First Nation activity.”

Morrison has been the First Nation manager for Mitaanjigamiing, located in northwestern Ontario, for more than a decade. The nation recently received federal funds to upgrade its water treatment plant.

But Morrison said more funds are needed to build a dyke to protect that plant from escalating climate change-related risks of flooding that could disrupt operations and threaten the drinking water supply.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/drinking-water-federal-government-problems/

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