Indigenous Peoples Social Issues

End boil-water advisories within five years for 93 communities on First Nations reserves currently affected by poor water quality.

News October 5, 2015
In progress
Nov 2018

October 2018: Three long-term drinking water advisories lifted and one added on public systems on reserve

Government News Release November 01, 2018

The federal government remains steadfast and on track in its commitment to ending all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021.

There were 105 long-term drinking water advisories on public drinking water systems on reserve in November 2015. As of October 31, 2018, 74 of these advisories have been resolved and 36 have been added. Working in collaboration with First Nations, the Government of Canada has committed to ending all long-term advisories on public systems on reserves by March 2021.

Dec 2015

Liberals to fund water plant for Neskantaga First Nation in 2016

CBC News December 29, 2015

Neskantaga First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, finally has a written commitment from the federal government to build a new water treatment plant in the remote community, which has been without safe tap water for 20 years.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett made a promise to fund the water treatment plant at a meeting earlier this month with Neskantaga Chief Wayne Moonias.