TORONTO – Human Rights Watch released a 92-page report on the crisis state of drinking water in First Nations communities.
Health Canada says there are 133 water advisories across First Nations in Canada affecting 89 communities, most of them being concentrated in Ontario.
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said having access to clean water is a human right and called on Canada to end boil water advisories for First Nations.
The federal government vowed to end these advisories within five years as a part of this year’s federal budget announcements.
Bellegarde said now is the time for Canada to deliver on that promise.