World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 02 Apr, 2021 01:00 am

Dozens of Canadian Indigenous communities under boil-water advisories one year into pandemic

Dozens of Canadian Indigenous communities under boil-water advisories one year into pandemic
Fifty-eight long-term boil-water advisories remain in effect on First Nation reserves across Canada— some of them more than two decades-old.

As of March 2021, Canada’s Liberal government officially failed to meet its five-year, self-imposed deadline to lift all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations reserves across the country.More than one year after the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, dozens of Indigenous communities across the country continue to lack drinking water, making it impossible for residents to follow basic hygiene measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and combat other infectious diseases.“Access to safe drinking water is a basic human necessity,” Hogan said at a news conference in Ottawa.The Liberals’ miserable failure to meet their own targets on drinking water only goes to show that the fraudulent “reconciliation” campaign never had anything to offer the vast majority of the Native population, which continues to live in abject poverty.

In Alberta, Quebec and Yukon there have been no recorded deaths related to drinking water recorded by their respective coroners’ offices since the year 2000.When epidemiological evidence indicates that drinking water is, or may be, responsible for a disease outbreak, a DWA is issued.

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