This week, VICE News Canada is telling stories from the front lines of the Indigenous water crisis. For decades, First Nations across the country have been plagued by drinking water full of harmful bacteria, chemicals, and heavy metals. While government-after-government has vowed to fix the problem, the issue remains.
This week, we look at the extent of the problem, why Ottawa has failed to fix it, and how Indigenous people are taking matters into their own hands.
Mapping the crisis
This map is based on data from Health Canada and the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia as of July 31, 2017. It covers First Nations communities under the authority of the federal government south of the 60th parallel, excluding advisories in the Saskatoon Tribal Council, which represents about 11,000 people within a 200 kilometre radius of Saskatoon, and which deals with its own water. The federal government’s data is not always accurate, and communities can be added and removed from this list sporadically. Blue dots indicate a current boil-water advisory, green dots indicate advisories that have ended, and blue pins denote areas of particular interest. VICE News welcomes any additional information that can update this map and paint a clearer picture of this critical problem.
Indigenous youth in their own words
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