Clean Water and Sanitation

Dani Massee

How might we raise awareness about the realities of clean water access within Indigenous communities across Alberta?

Canada is looking towards the future and hoping for reconciliation with its Indigenous population, but can we even think of reconciling when the majority of Indigenous communities throughout Canada are still without a basic need as simple as clean water? In Alberta alone, there are 140 reserves with many facing water quality issues of their own.

Ever since the Government of Canada took control over Indigenous peoples throughthe use of treaties, the conditions and resources Indigenous peoples have dealt with have been less than satisfactory. 87% of water in Indigenous communities in Alberta are under a water advisory – either ‘boil water’ or ‘do not consume’. Perhaps, if more people were aware of the horrible reality our close neighbours suffer with water quality, Canada could take another step closer to change.