shoal lake 40
In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Shoal Lake 40, a community that has been on a boil water advisory for 20 years, for a VICELAND documentary airing this weekend in Canada. Here's a look at some of what he saw.
Trudeau made the comments while in Shoal Lake 40, an Aboriginal reserve in Canada of around 250 people that has been on a boil water advisory for two decades. He was there as part of an upcoming VICELAND documentary.
A crowd of youth and community leaders gathered to see Justin Trudeau as he arrived on Shoal Lake 40 by helicopter Thursday morning, the first such visit for the Canadian prime minister.
VICE wanted to show Justin Trudeau some of the extreme challenges faced by young people in isolated Indigenous communities. VICE suggested several remote reserves and the Prime Minister's office decided on Shoal Lake 40.
The Thursday visit to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation comes amid a nationwide outcry over a rash of suicides and deplorable living conditions on reserves across the country.
On Tuesday, the Liberals announced $1.8 billion over five years for water infrastructure on First Nations, but that pales in comparison to what a government report said was necessary. And chiefs say the problem runs deeper than money.
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In Canada, there are more than 130 boil water advisories on 87 First Nations — and that doesn't include those in British Columbia.
Canada has 7 percent of the world's renewable fresh water, yet many First Nations live as second-class citizens with no access to clean tap water.
"A Canadian government led by me will address this as a top priority because it’s not right in a country like Canada that this has gone on for far too long,” Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau said.