Drinking water from First Nations — A right for so many of us, and yet a luxury for some Canadians, still!
Calgary, May 4, 2018 –
I’ll have more on the water story from Lacombe, AB and the WasteWater announcement from the province and Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, – Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities on the weekend, including his comments when I asked about the Boil Water Adivsories on many First Nation Communities… Stay Tuned!
But turning to Ontario, I’m pretty sad to hear news from Bay-of-Quinte, which when I lived there as a child, I lived in Trenton, Ontario…
As of June, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation will have been living under a long-term drinking water advisory for 10 years.
Chief Don Maracle is getting tired of being on a waiting list!
“First Nations have been getting water treatment plants now for a few decades. We were one of the last on the list to get a water treatment plant. Why, I don’t know,” He said. “We’re the fourth-largest [Indigenous] community in Ontario, but it’s whoever they say is a priority.”
In January, the federal Indigenous Affairs department told the community that it’s near the top of a list of First Nation communities in urgent need of clean drinking water.
In 2015, 53 per cent of the wells on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory tested positive for E. coli and fecal bacteria.
As I child living in Ontario, I had no idea my neighbors, women, children, men! — would all soon be dealing with an issue of LACK OF CLEAN WATER!!!
Trudeau stands at the United Nations and apologizes to First Nations for behavior that happened before I was even born… This is Happening TODAY, FOLKS!
Calgary, May 4, 2018 –
Canadian banks are approaching Indigenous leaders in B.C. with offers to buy equity in the project, according to a First Nation chiefs and a Métis organization president.
I have heard this from a few sources, but confirmed From the CBC today –
Financial institutions are reaching out to First Nations bands, asking “what kind of help do you need,” said Mike LeBourdais, Chief of the Whispering Pines First Nation.
Naturally, having a stake in the pipeline that crosses their land could give First Nations communities a share in the project, and provide one more “support” vote in the fight for public opinion.
Not to mention give the Trudeau and Ottawa some bargaining chips in its “pro-pipeline view”.
I should note I have had several comments from Indigenous groups IN FAVOR of the pipeline, and some opposed, these coming mostly from Coastal bands.
Transmountain has claimed the expansion will bring over $400 million in benefits through agreements with First Nations communities.
The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will cut directly through 11 First Nations communities en route to the coast, as well, roughly 23 other First Nations in B.C. that are not directly on the route have signed mutual benefit agreements.
That’s Your First Nations Friday!